Two years ago, 36,000 Verizon workers walked off the job to demand a fair contract after more than ten months of negotiations. CWA and IBEW members stood strong together for 49 days - and won an excellent new contract.
Today, we're thrilled to announce that we've come to a tentative agreement with Verizon on a four-year contract extension that will greatly build on our 2016 gains, including a wage increase of 11.2% over the life of the extension (the original contract was set to expire in August 2019; the extension will set a new expiration date of August 5, 2023).
"This agreement ensures a better future and good, family-supporting jobs for thousands of Verizon workers," said District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "Since the end of the 2016 strike, we have seen a marked improvement in the relationship between CWA and Verizon, and this agreement reflects the more constructive relationship that has developed since then."
Included in the extension are separate agreements covering about 90 Verizon Wireless technicians, and 47 Verizon Wireless retail workers - including our 7 newest CWA members from Hazleton, PA who voted just last week to join the union.
You can take a look at the summary of the Verizon wireline TA here. The next step will be ratification, which will be taking place over the next few weeks through your local. Results will be announced on August 10.