Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the Verizon Strike

May 17, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

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CWAers Confronted by Armed Verizon Security and Swat Team in the Philippines

Over the course of a four-day visit to the Philippines this week, four representatives of Communications Workers of America who are on strike discovered that the extent to which Verizon is offshoring work is far beyond what has previously been reported and what the company publicly has claimed. Verizon is offshoring customer service calls to numerous call centers in the Philippines, where workers are paid just $1.78 an hour and forced to work overtime without compensation.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 54

Following our meeting with Verizon on Monday, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company in off record discussions over call sharing, The union committee continued to meet throughout the week to discuss our next steps.

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Verizon Shareholders to Vote for Change of Course as Investor and Customer Concerns Grow

Days before Verizon’s annual shareholder meeting, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced today that Verizon workers, who also hold an estimated $1.3 billion in the company’s stock, will vote for a series of shareholder proposals to improve the company’s corporate governance. Verizon workers, who have been on strike since April 13, are saying the company’s short-sighted decision-making is hurting Verizon’s shareholders, customers and long-term viability.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 53

Your Bargaining Team met with the company in Rye this afternoon for approximately 2 1/2 hours. We made some compromise proposals in a number of areas, designed to kick-start the bargaining process. One of these proposals included a plan that would give the company greater flexibility in routing customer service calls, while at the same time limiting the amount of contracting out of that work overall.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 52

Today, Verizon presented what it described as its “last, best, and final offer” to your bargaining teams in Philadelphia and Westchester. Unfortunately, their “last and best” was little more than the “same old bullshit.”

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VERIZON STRIKE: Continuing Medical Coverage While on Strike

There have been many questions raised related to continuing medical coverage during the strike. Here are some facts that will help answer those questions.

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New York Unemployment Insurance Information

CWA is working with the New York State Department of Labor to make it easier for Verizon members to file for unemployment benefits.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 51

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye town Hilton.

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AT&T Members at Local 1298 Working Without a Contract Since Saturday Night.

AT&T members at CWA Local 1298 in Hamden, CT have been working without a contract since Saturday night.

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Verizon Strike Update: 40K on Strike and What it Means

Yesterday, nearly 40,000 brave working people from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike to protect good jobs and ensure quality service. It is the largest national strike in recent years.

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Press Release: Verizon Workers Announce Strike Deadline of Wednesday, April 13th

After trying for ten months to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will go on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13 if a fair agreement is not reached by then. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report #50

Yesterday the Company gave us a proposal that contained no movement from their previous proposal to address our critical needs. There was no movement in wages, it continues to freeze pensions at 30 years and still allows them to increase contracting and off-shoring of our work.

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Verizon Mobilization Update

Verizon workers held mass rallies to demand a FAIR CONTRACT NOW while Verizon Wireless workers in Everett, MA and Brooklyn, NY mobilize for a fair first contract.

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Verizon Regional Bargaining Report #49

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent many hours at the Rye Town Hilton this week working on ideas that we believe address the Company’s most important concerns in reaching a new contract.

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