In yet another Northeast city, Verizon is being chided for its failure to build out its FiOS network, despite promises to do so. This time it’s the city of Syracuse, New York.
In response, the Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution on August 26, calling on “... Verizon Communications to apply to the Public Service Commission for permission to enter into immediate franchise negotiations to provide video service in the city and to build its all-fiber FiOS network throughout the city.”
And, it asked that these negotiations take place deployment “as rapidly as possible to all resident, business, and institutions in the City, consistent with protection of the public interest.”
The council action was covered in a local news TV segment.
Availability of FiOS is not merely a matter of consumer choice. As the Syracuse council said, “In today’s society, high-speed Internet is essential to economic development and job creation; improvements in education, health care, public services environmental protection and independent living...”
CWA has for several years been pushing Verizon to build in other upstate New York cities, such as Albany and Buffalo, as well as Syracuse. In fact, CWA released a report, Verizon/Cable Deal: Slamming The Door On Our High Speed-Future, which detailed Verizon’s practice of installing FiOS in the suburbs, but not within these cities.
Verizon has declared a surplus in FAAs 1-6. This surplus has been determined by the Company to be due to a process change, not an external event. The provisions of FAP Articles 8(b) and 10 will not apply.
If the surplus condition requires the use of the Enhanced Income Protection Plan (EIPP) under step three of the Force Adjustment Plan, the EIPP packages will be distributed to employees in the surplus titles and FAAs involved by August 19, 2014. The election period will be until September 2, 2014, and the off-payroll date will be September 21, 2014.
The Regional Work and Family recently approved increases in the current programs. The following description outlines the program enhancements.
Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund ( DCRF): The weekly reimbursement is increasing from $50 to $100 effective June 1, 2014. Members will submit their paperwork in July. An email notification to participants announcing the change is planned.
Summer Camp: This summer 2 children will be eligible for 2 sessions of summer camp. The reimbursement will be increased from $200 per session to $300 per session. Each child is eligible for a reimbursement of up to $600 for both sessions. A family could receive up to $1,200 in reimbursements for 2 children.
Pendants: Members will now be able to receive reimbursements for 2 family members. Current participants will be notified via e mail of this change in the near future.
In the coming weeks this material will also be available on the Work/Family website: www.regionalwfrc .com
A great job was done by the Local Work Family Committee who worked hard on presenting these changes for approval.
Brothers and Sisters,
Now is the time to act. The New York State Senate is set to further deregulate telecommunication companies. This would be very bad for our bargaining strength, our jobs, and our customers. We cannot sit idle while our state government lays the groundwork for a race to the bottom for telecommunication customers and workers. The merger between Comcast and Time Warner is going to be a game changer. We must be proactive. Please read the attached flyer and call your representative. Get your coworker, husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, and neighbor to call also. The job you save may be your own.
The address below the State Senator will bring you to their district map (may have to copy and paste) if you are unsure who represents you. Call switchboard @ 518-455-2800 and ask for your representative.
Dave Valesky--IDC caucus, represents mostly east of 81, some of Syracuse
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Speed Matters is a project of the Communications Workers of America to support policies to bring affordable high speed Internet to all Americans.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever. Current negotiating countries include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. These countries represent 38% of total global economic activity.
IF YOU ARE CALLED INTO A MEETING BY ANY COMPANY MANAGER OR CORPORATE SECURITY, REMEMBER TO ASK THEM.....IF THIS DISCUSSION COULD IN ANY WAY LEAD TO MY BEING DISCIPLINED, TERMINATED OR AFFECT MY PERSONAL WORKING CONDITIONS, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT MY UNION REPRESENTATIVE, OFFICER OR STEWARD BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING. WITHOUT REPRESENTATION I CHOOSE NOT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
CWA Social Media Policy Guidelines
CWA strongly supports the use of social media sites to discuss and advocate for the important issues facing members and working families today. While these sites offer many advantages, they also can cause serious legal problems if they are not properly used and can lead to complicated legal proceedings as well as potential disciplinary action against employee users. We have developed these guidelines for CWA members to consult when using social media to help avoid legal or other problems.