Two years ago, Verizon East workers walked off the job to demand a fair contract after more than ten months of negotiations. Now, CWA members have built on those gains with a tentative agreement on a four-year extension of the current contract, which was set to expire in August 2019. The new agreement extends the contract through August 5, 2023, delivering an 11.2% wage increase and other improvements over the additional four years.
"This agreement ensures a better future and good, family-supporting jobs for thousands of Verizon workers," said CWA 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."
"Verizon approached CWA earlier this summer to propose early negotiations to extend the current contract," said District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney. "We saw this as an opportunity to make improvements for our members without the lengthy conflict we experienced two years ago. This is a solid agreement that will improve the living standards of our members across the region."
A separate agreement with improvements in scheduling, wages, grievance procedure, and much more was reached covering 40 Verizon Wireless retail workers in Brooklyn, as well as seven workers in Hazleton, Pa., who voted just last week to join CWA.
CWA members will vote on ratification of the tentative agreement over the next few weeks.
Last week, the CWA bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Frontier Communications to extend the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreements for CWA-represented Frontier employees in California. The members will be given the opportunity to vote to ratify the contract extension, which provides CWA members with job security, increased wages, and no increased costs for medical premium insurance through September of 2020.
AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T
In the face of AT&T's unwillingness to make serious progress toward keeping good jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits in their communities, CWA members at AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T are ramping up mobilizations and working to increase political and public pressure on AT&T to bargain fair contracts.
CWA members and retirees can show their support by signing a petition to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at www.GoodJobsATT.org and sharing it with their friends.
NABET-CWA Local 57411 joined an AT&T picket line in Minneapolis, Minn., to show their solidarity with the workers fighting for a fair contract.