“CWA just saved my job.” – Heidi, Everett, MA Verizon Wireless worker & member of CWA Local 1400. Verizon Wireless workers as a union in Everett, MA won a significant victory this week! Several months ago, the union filed an Unfair Labor Practice when the company began unilaterally enforcing the absence and lateness policy more stringently. As a result, many of the workers in Everett began receiving discipline for alleged lateness or absences. The company was forced to settle this charge by removing all discipline from current employees, and putting everyone back down to “zero” latenesses or tardies. Three members were on the cusp of being terminated due to wrongful discipline; CWA saved these jobs. As part of the settlement the company admitted no illegal wrongdoing. Though for some reason they did find it necessary to undo everything they had done… The labor board is also issuing a complaint against VZW for removing union literature from the break room. This is of course illegal for the company to do.
This is an important win. The company was forced to back off their unfair policies, and our members were protected.