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      News Statement

      News Statement. U.S. Department of Labor | May 17, 2016. Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers:
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      Union-Plus Credit Card Grant

      WITH A UNION PLUS CREDIT CARD If you have held your union’s Union Plus credit card for 3 months or longer and on strike for 30 days or longer, you could be eligible for a $300 strike grant. Visit UnionPlus.org/assistance to apply.
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      News Release

      U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016

      U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in

      principle on a new contract for Verizon workers

      WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

      “Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

      Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

      This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

      I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

      # # #

      CWA PRESS RELEASE : Verizon Strike Update

      With Verizon executives refusing to give up demands on offshoring jobs and other devastating cuts, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are preparing to go on strike on Wednesday at 6:00 am.  

      The Communications Workers of America made this statement:

      “The 39,000 hard-working families at Verizon have made the company successful. Given Verizon’s enormous profitability there is no justification for the company’s continuing demands to destroy good middle-class jobs and offshore work. Workers have negotiated in good faith for ten months and addressed the company’s primary concern, which they told us was limiting health care costs. Workers and the customers who depend on us would be much better served if Verizon returned to the bargaining table and negotiated a fair agreement that fairly addressed the concerns of their workforce.

      “Marc Reed and other Verizon executives are trying to rig the system against working families. The question of federal mediation is a distraction to the real problem: Verizon's corporate greed.  Historically, federal mediators only get involved in collective bargaining situations with the agreement of both parties.  CWA did not authorize anyone at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to approach Verizon about extending the strike date. Either the FMCS acted without authorization or Verizon executive vice president Marc Reed is lying.

      “All day today, CWA and IBEW bargaining teams have been available to meet, ready, willing and able to bargain. Where’s Verizon?”

      BRING BIANCA BACK

      Bianca organized her coworkers at Verizon Wireless.  Now the company has fired her. 

      In 2014, Bianca and her coworkers in Brooklyn, NY started a movement for their rights at work, which culminated on May 14, 2014 when workers at all six Brooklyn Verizon Wireless stores voted overwhelmingly to join the Communications Workers of America. Another retail store in Everett, Massachusetts quickly followed suit.

      Bianca tore down management’s wall between unionized Verizon landline and mostly non-union Verizon Wireless - where, out of a workforce of 79,000, 155 workers are unionized. And for that, the company wanted Bianca gone. 

      Bianca and her co-workers are fighting for their first contract, alongside the 39,000 Wireline workers whose contract expired on August 1st. Despite $1 billion a month in profits, Verizon refuses to offer any raises, benefits or improvements to working conditions for the retail store workers.

      We won’t let the company get away with this. Please sign the petition to save Bianca's job and support a fair contract at Verizon Wireless. *

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      News Release

      U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016

      U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in

      principle on a new contract for Verizon workers

      WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

      “Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

      Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

      This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

      I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

      # # #

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