The IBEW System Council T6 New England and CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 Regional Committees met with the Company today at the Rye, NY.
On Friday the Company responded to the Union’s request for information on call centers which we requested over two weeks earlier. After reviewing the information over the weekend we found that it was incomplete and incorrect. Today the Union criticized the Company’s committee for not providing all the data. The Union also blasted Verizon on the Company’s plan to go forward with the contracting of pole work in New York.
Next on the agenda was a presentation on the Company’s Pension Proposal. After listening to 5 minutes worth of their retrogressive and insulting pension presentation/proposal, the Union made it clear to the Company that we are looking for improvements to the Pension Plans not diminishments to our retirement security. They seek these diminishments for their own greed and bottom line as Verizon is likely to post second-quarter earnings today which could be up $1,01 a share up from 91 cents a share a year ago. This company has the money but it is profits over the workers and at the workers expense.
This Corporation has no respect for the members of our Union who have built this Company. All members should be as angry as the Bargaining Team. It is time for every member to make it clear to management that we are not going to accept these retrogressive demands 11 days to go until our contract expires, at midnight on August 1st.
We need to show this Company that we are United and ready to Fight!