***********************************MOST RECENT (2013-2010):****************************************
June 26, 2013
Massachusetts Legislative Coordinator, Jim White, explains TPP to Congressman Jim McGovern's aid:
May 23, 2013
Swearing in of the new CWA Local 1400 District 7 Vice President, Brian Morrison:
VOTE NO……..It's not only about the money!
We should have fought more to remove/limit Article 26:
- The National Labor Relations Act gives Unions the right to request bargaining when an employer makes a new policy that has discipline attached to it.
- Because of Article 26, AT&T Mobility refuses to bargain and continues to implement random new performance policies with discipline.
- Because of Article 26, AT&T Mobility refuses to bargain and continues to implement random attendance policies with discipline.
- Under the NLRA, these policies are subject to bargaining.
Because of Article 26 the company can change commission plans in Retail any time they feel like it. The dollar amount in the LOA on commissions going from $12,500.00 to $12,750.00 means nothing because that is only paid out if you make 100% of your goal, and the company is constantly changing the goals. We need to have a say in the commission plan. This is totally unacceptable and WE deserve better!
In Retail, Call Center and Network titles, depending on your department you are subject to different attendance policy points and rules for length of discipline. This agreement takes the existing unacceptable policies and locks them in for 2 years. Shouldn't we try to improve them and make them less punitive? And why lock them in for 2 years? So that after that AT&T can do what they want? WE deserve better!
#19 of the TA, “New Side Letter” is WORSE than what we have now, a real step backwards. Currently in Retail we have coaching between steps of discipline with RSSM, the new letter says they only have to coach if the employee is not already on a step of discipline. VOTE NO because of this alone! This applies to ALL performance plans not just Retail. WE deserve better!
Network MSOC currently has no discipline attached to it in Mobility, but what will happen once a contract is ratified that says they only have to coach you before disciplining on a performance plan if you aren't already on a step of discipline? This has the potential to cause our technicians to progress rapidly through disciplinary steps and be terminated in the same manner an RSC is for job performance. We can’t allow this to happen! WE deserve better!
This is a violation of just cause to say an employer doesn't have to take corrective action prior to discipline. AT&T has lost grievances and arbitrations because of failure to coach between steps of discipline. The contract gives AT&T the right to discipline employees only if it has “just cause” to do so. The term “just cause” has a specific legal meaning. It means that disciplinary action taken by the company against an employee must meet a set of standards in order to be considered legitimate. One of those standards is that discipline must be “progressive” that is, it must be taken in steps and must also correct an employee’s behavior, not simply punish it. So, when a Mobility worker doesn’t meet a performance standard, the company must provide coaching and development to help that employee meet the standard in the future. If this agreement is ratified, we are sure to lose even more members to discharge. WE deserve better!
The time to bargain these items is when the contract is open and the company can't force us to impasse, Vote NO and send the bargaining team back to the table!
The Raffle for Ryan has ended.
Thank you all for everything you've done to make this a success!
Desk clock-Cyrille Kearn------------- #2 Picked by Julie Long
Playstation PSP-Felicia Augevich--- #30 picked by Julie Long (Donated to Ryan!)
Nintendo----Greg Irving--------------- #7 picked by Brenda Lima
DVD----------Sandy Bell--------------- #13 picked by Brenda Lima
We raised $624.60 (*net) for Ryan!
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November 7, 2012
Congratulations to CWA Local 1400 Endorsed Candidates:
Elizabeth Warren (MA Senator Elect)
Maggie Hassan (NH Governor Elect)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH 1st Congressional District)
Annie Kuster (NH 2nd Congressional District)
‘Thank You’ to every CWA member that helped elect these candidates!
October 19, 2012:
Verizon Contract Ratified
Washington, D.C. -- Members of the Communications Workers of America at Verizon Communications ratified a four-year agreement covering about 35,000 CWA represented workers from Virginia to New England. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers also voted to ratify a four-year agreement. IBEW represents about 10,000 Verizon workers.
Contract highlights include an 8.2 percent compounded wage increase over the next three years, and additional cash payments. Also on ratification, CWA members who were fired by Verizon during the August 2011 strike will return to work.
Representing members in New York, New Jersey and New England, CWA District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton said: “This contract ensures that every one of our members will see an improvement in their standard of living. It was a tough fight, and we turned back efforts by the company to gut our contracts. Now, we’ll keep up the fight to expand good jobs for Verizon workers.”
CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney, who represents Verizon workers in the mid-Atlantic states, said: “The unity and determination of CWA and the IBEW over 16 months of bargaining, and the support of our allies, made this contract possible. Our goal now is to make certain that CWA members continue to be a key part of this company’s future.”
The contract had expired in August 2011. A two-week strike, an active member mobilization and support campaign by progressive allies, and final intensive negotiations under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service brought about this settlement. The new contract expires August 2015.
October 1, 2012 - CWA Local 1400 supports our next Mass US Senator Elizabeth Warren
August 14, 2012
Dear DOJ & FCC:
66 Unanswered Questions and Issues of Wireline-Wireless-Cable Connections and Collusion
June 2012 - Don Trementozzi receives an award from NH Membership
Communications Workers of America Local 1400
Endorses Maggie Hassan for NH Governor
by Wyatt Fore
Posted on June 12, 2012
Maggie is honored to earn the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America Local 1400! Here’s the official announcement:
MANCHESTER, NH – The executive board of the Communications Workers of America Local 1400 has voted unanimously to endorse Maggie Hassan for Governor.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is the largest telecommunications union in the world, and CWA Local 1400 represents telecommunications workers throughout New Hampshire and New England.
“Our board voted unanimously to support Maggie Hassan, because Maggie is committed to the needs of working people. Her position against Right to Work clearly protects the right of workers to bargain collectively and is one that we know that she strongly supports.” said CWA Local 1400 president Don Trementozzi.
“We believe in the importance of electing a Governor we can count on to stand up for the middle class. As our next Governor, Maggie will work to build an innovative economy that will help move New Hampshire forward. We whole-heartedly endorse her candidacy and are pleased to be a part of her campaign for Governor.” said New Hampshire’s CWA Local 1400 district vice president Felicia Augevich.
“I am honored to earn the support of CWA Local 1400,” said Hassan. “Our campaign continues to grow every single day – and I’m thrilled to add CWA to our team. We need to mount the strongest campaign possible to win in the fall so we can keep New Hampshire moving forward. As Governor, my focus will be on building an innovative economy that gives middle class families the opportunity to succeed.
Hassan has earned the support of five other unions including the Carpenters Local 118, Iron Workers Local 7, UFCW Locals 1445 and 791, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Council #35 and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #6. She also has the support of EMILY’s List and the Women’s Campaign Fund.
As Senate Majority Leader, Hassan often partnered with Governor John Lynch to focus on the economy and New Hampshire families. Hassan was the prime Senate sponsor of “New Hampshire Working” which allows the state to partner with workers and businesses to provide an alternative to layoffs.
In 2008, she helped lead the way to pass universal kindergarten so that every child has the same opportunity to succeed. In order to lower the state’s dropout rate, she worked to raise the legal dropout age to 18.
She has also tackled consumer protections in health care by enabling children to remain on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26, ensured divorced spouses have access to family insurance plans, and passed Connor’s Law that requires that insurances companies cover treatment for autism. She also worked to pass the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce emissions and curb climate change.
Hassan’s campaign for governor is focused on moving New Hampshire forward by building an innovative economy that gives middle class families the opportunity to succeed.
May 2012 - Labor Notes Telecom Meeting, Chicago, IL
April 14, 2012 - Annual River Rat Promenade, Athol, MA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2012
JIM WHITE EARNS COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, LOCAL 1400 ENDORSEMENT IN BID FORSTATE REPRESENTATIVE
Athol, MA - The executive board of the Communications Workers of America Local 1400 voted unanimously at their March meeting to endorse former Athol Selectman Jim White as candidate for Massachusetts State Representative in the 2nd Franklin District. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is the largest telecommunications union in the world, and CWA Local 1400 represents telecommunications workers throughout Massachusetts and all of New England. CWA 1400 is a member of the AFL-CIO.
“Our board voted unanimously to support Jim White in his bid for State Representative, because Jim is committed to the needs of working people, and the 99 percent,” said CWA Local 1400 president Don Trementozzi. “We believe in the importance of electing a State Representative we can count on to stand up for the middle class and has the ability promote and support good jobs.”
White’s campaign has focused on the economic issues faced by working Bay State Residents. “I feel so strongly about the importance of fighting for working families that I chose the United Steel Workers Local 4-0594 office in Phillipston, where I have lived for 10 years, as the location to announce my run for State Representative,” he said. White announced his candidacy for State Representative last year on the picket line, months before incumbent Denise Andrews announced that she would seek reelection. After Andrews’s announcement, White reaffirmed his candidacy. “I’m running now for the same reasons as before - to be a voice for working families in this very depressed region where the current representative has utterly failed.” he said. Last week, after collecting many hundreds of signatures, White delivered nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s office to qualify for the September primary ballot.
Jim White was twice elected Selectman in Athol and once to it’s Housing Authority. He was twice elected Selectboard Chair during very difficult times in which he worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the local community. As Selectman, Jim led the Selectboard in many proactive measures. Under his watch the Board had defective bridges over the Millers River replaced. They personally went to Boston and forced a fast tracking of Route 2 upgrades after 10 deaths in one year, and started that fast track of the Main Street Bridge over the Miller River. The Board took Verizon to task with the Public Utilities Commission over aging equipment hampering local business and job growth in order to bring high speed internet and larger telecommunications capability to the area region Verizon had ignored. White personally wrote an Executive Office of Environmental affairs grant to purchase the 100+ acres for the New England Equestrian Center in Athol which remains an actual boost to local property values in an otherwise depressed area. White helped develop a South Athol Rd enterprise zone enabling job creation at such manufacturing facilities as Whipp’s.
We feel Jim White is the right person during these tough times because he will actually work at the job. He does not promote a welfare state, and he has demonstrated a willingness to fight for what is right for the middle class. Jim White will represent the region and workers throughout the Commonwealth.
CWA Local 1400
March 28, 2012
Attention Verizon Members:
The bargaining team is finding out that NJ NY NE calls have slowed down and no OT anywhere. We found out that VZ has a commitment of calls to the vendor. So they are offering VT to us and sending calls to the Vendor and that's a direct violation of the marketing agreement. Our Members should NOT take VT in the call centers! It would be different if the calls slowed down and no calls were going to the vendor. This is not the case! We are hearing VZ gets a penalty if they don't send a certain amount of calls to the vendor! Thanks.
CWA Local 1400
All Members Please Sign This Pledge!!!
Commit To Stay, Make Them Pay!
I pledge to stay on the job to protect my work from vendors and contractors. I will not take VT and allow my work to go somewhere else. Verizon should make a commitment to me in the form of a contract. They should not be violating our marketing agreement and favoring vendors and their call volumes. Bring my work back and let me do my job.
(Union Member Signature)
Print the Pledge - Post it at your desk! Click this link: https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4004/c/790/images/Pledge to NOT take VT 3.2012.pdf
March 22, 2012
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION (Boston & New Hampshire)
CWA workers to protest against Verizon Wireless
March 22, 2012 2:00 AM
PORTSMOUTH - Communications Workers of America members will stand in support of Verizon workers from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Verizon Wireless' Portsmouth store at 1840 Woodbury Ave. and in Manchester as part of a "national day of action" against the telecommunications company.
CWA workers and supporters say they will ask consumers not to patronize Verizon Wireless until it stops downgrading the middle-class jobs of its work force and approves a fair contract with CWA.
"Good middle-class jobs fuel the New Hampshire advantage. We cannot afford for multinational companies such as Verizon Wireless to reset the standards for workers even in trying economic times," said Felicia Augevich, district vice president of CWA Local 1400.
After talks broke down last summer, about 45,000 Verizon workers who are members of the CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers walked off the job and took part in a 13-day strike. They returned to work under terms of the old contract.
February 23, 2012
2011 Melissa Morin Scholarship Winner is Matt Lasko!
Matt is a Senior at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. His father, Jeff Lasko works for Fairpoint in the Burlington CSSC.
2/21/12 - Press Release: CWA Seeks Conditions on VZ Bid For Spectrum Deal
February 2, 2012
Washington DC, National Legislative and Political Meeting 2012 (L to R: Don Trementozzi, Mike O'Day, Felicia Augevich)
January 29, 2012
VT Cope Conference: (L to R: Earl Mongeon, Mike O'Day, Anita Rodrigue, Jeff Gauthier, Lisa Heisler)
December 8, 2011
CWA President Trementozzi, working middle class and other activists occupy Boston Dec 8th, 2011.
Watch NECN interview and news clip:
Local 1400: 'We're gonna stay there one day longer than they are'
Christmas Caroling at
Sandra Moose's House!
(Verizon Board Member)
Thursday, December 15th
Location: Meet @ Millenium Park
398 Gardner St, W. Roxbury, MA
Melissa A. Morin Scholarship Application Deadline: December 15, 2011
(or see your Chief Steward/DVP for an application)
The Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of over 2,100 union families since launching in 1992. Make sure your members get plenty of time to apply by getting word out about the program: Applications are now available online and must be received on or before 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
The PS3 Bundle drawing was held at CWA Local 1400 on Thursday, December 1st.
And the Winner is... SARAH WATSON!!! - Fairpoint, South China, ME
(Sarah has graciously donated the PS3 Bundle to the Lanciani family)
Thank you to everyone who contributed!
*All donations (minus expenses) will go to CWA Local 1400 Member Shawn Lanciani, who has not been allowed back to work since the strike against Verizon ended.
Run-off Election Notice
The Run-off election will be a secret ballot by mail for the following position:
Treasurer, CWA Local 1400
November 29, 2011
Make Your Voice Heard!
Current proposals from Verizon will affect workers and their communities. Come hear workers speak out on Verizon's actions in the workplace, Verizon's retaliation against workers and lack of responsibility to wider public.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral,
138 Tremont St, Boston
October 28, 2011 - CWA Local 1400 Officer Election Results:
A Runoff Election for Treasurer of CWA Local 1400 will be held by mail within the next couple of weeks. There is a Runoff Election because no candidate received 50% plus one votes to be the winner. The (2) candidates that received the greatest number of votes will be in the Runoff Election.
Dates for the Election will be broadcasted to Members as soon as the information is available.
March/Rally Against Corporate Greed - Boston 9/30/11:
Sept 30, 2011
Secret Ballots for Officer Elections have been mailed to all
CWA Local 1400 Members in Good Standing. If you have not received
a Ballot, please call the American Arbitration Association @
*Ballots MUST be received by 5pm October 27, 2011*
9/16/11 - Oakland, Maine:
T-Mobile Workers Fight Downsizing
Struggling FairPoint to Lay off 400 Workers
By CLARKE CANFIELD Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine September 8, 2011 (AP)
Telecommunications Company FairPoint Communications is cutting 400 jobs, or about 10 percent of its work force, as it continues to struggle financially after emerging from bankruptcy.
Company officials notified employees Thursday that about 130 people will lose their jobs in Maine, 190 in New Hampshire and 55 in Vermont in the coming months. Another 25 jobs are being cut in the other 15 states where FairPoint operates.
"We're matching our work force to our workload," said FairPoint Maine President Mike Reed. "We're under pretty heavy competition and everyone knows we've lost some access lines."
FairPoint is based in Charlotte, N.C., and provides telephone and high-speed Internet services in 18 states, with nearly 1.4 million access lines.
The company filed for bankruptcy in the fall of 2009, 18 months after buying Verizon's northern New England landline telephone and Internet operations for $2.3 billion. It has continued to struggle since emerging from bankruptcy in January.
In its last earnings report, FairPoint reported losing $27.1 million for the April-June period while seeing the number of its access lines decline 6.4 percent from a year ago. Its stock price has fallen from over $24 a share after emerging from bankruptcy to about $6, where it was trading Thursday afternoon.
The jobs now being cut include about 100 management positions and 300 union-represented jobs. All eligible employees will receive severance packages expected to total between $7 and $13 million.
The smaller work force will result in annual savings of about $34 million, FairPoint said.
The job cuts show the company still hasn't worked out its problems, said Peter McLaughlin, chairman of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers council overseeing locals in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
"We just barely have the people now to get done what we have to do and now they're going to cut another 400 heads," McLaughlin said. "Our residential customers, our business customers and our wholesale customers are going to suffer. And that's going to drive the company into the ground even further."
All the union layoffs involve IBEW members. FairPoint workers in the Communications Workers of America union, who work at FairPoint's call centers, have a separate contract and are not affected by the job cuts, Reed said.
While FairPoint continues to lose money, Reed said the company is meeting its goals for customer service and expanding broadband Internet throughout northern New England.
FairPoint has about 4,000 employees, nearly 3,400 of which are in northern New England.
Thursday August 4th (6:00pm)
Join Us For The
2 Days to the Contract Expiration Rally!!
Location: 185 Franklin Street, Boston, MA @ 6:00pm
Marching from Bowdoin Square T-stop @ 5:45pm and South Station @ 5:50pm
Led by Bag Pipers!
Motorcycles are meeting @ 5:30pm: 649 Summer Street
Buses Going to Boston August 4th, Departing at 4:30-5:15pm:
Buses are being filled on a first come first serve basis!
Buses will be leaving Boston no later than 8:30pm
Fitchburg: Kmart 140 Whalon Street, Fitchburg, MA
Worcester: Price Chopper 72 Pullman Street, Worcester, MA
Marlboro: 251 Locke Drive, Marlboro, MA
Milford: Kmart 124 Medway Road, Milford, MA
Taunton: (No Bus) Meeting at the Braintree T-Station @ 4:30pm
**Limited Seating on (1) Bus leaving from Lawrence Elk's @ 5:30
PLEASE CALL CWA LOCAL 1400 TO PUT YOUR NAME ON A LIST FOR BUSES!
* Please give us your name, CBR, office and location you want to get on the bus: (603) 436-4388
July 20, 2011
Communications Workers of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: President, William Henderson 860-908-8680
Against All Odds
T-Mobile CT Technicians Vote to “GO UNION”
Hamden, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – Fifteen T-Mobile technicians voted in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board yesterday to join CWA Local 1298. They are the first T-Mobile workers in the nation to win a voice in their workplace.
The workers endured a withering anti-union campaign by T-Mobile management, including forced “captive audience” anti-union indoctrination sessions, stepped-up monitoring and other intimidation tactics, and an unusual 4 day NLRB hearing where high-priced T-Mobile attorneys tried to challenge the workers’ petition.
William Henderson, President of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1298 said, “This is a great victory for telecommunications workers in general, and especially T-Mobile workers. These workers had the guts and the wisdom to step up to protect their own interests. With the AT&T / T-Mobile merger coming, all T-Mobile workers should consider whether they want to go it alone – or have a voice in what happens. That’s why these Connecticut workers voted ‘Union.’ It’s a smart move.”
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1298 represents almost 5,000 workers working at at&t, at&t Mobility and other workplaces in Connecticut and throughout New England. One of the biggest union locals in the region, CWA Local 1298 is based in Hamden, CT.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts
telecom workers and community supporters
are invited to:
Rally for good jobs
and quality services
More than 50,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast are campaigning for a new union contract that would ensure good wages, quality health care and secure pension benefits. Our contract expires at midnight on August 6.
Union members are also fighting to provide quality services in the jobs of the future. Verizon has transitioned from a traditional "phone company" to a high tech provider of video, Internet and wireless communications. But management has "walled-off" union members from the new jobs in wireless and much of the Internet.
Through more than 35 years of collective bargaining, telecom workers have achieved secure jobs with good wages. These are the good jobs our communities need. We won't go backwards!
"We Are One" Rally
June 16, 2011
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Verizon Fiber Solutions Center (FSC)
234 Washington St, Providence, RI
RSVP on Facebook at: We Are One! Ready to Strike at Verizon 2011 (IBEW-CWA)
IBEW T6: www.ibew2222.org or call (617) 929-6000
CWA Local 1400: www.cwalocal1400.org or call (603) 436-4388
WE'RE PROVEN - WE'RE UNION - HANG TOUGH
June 2, 2011
Maine - Rally against the Right-To-Work Bill:
June 1, 2011
New Hampshire - Fighting the Right-To-Work Bill:
May 25, 2011
H202 bill signing at the VT State House
May 1, 2011
Single Payer Health Care Rally, Montpelier, Vermont
April 14, 2011
Verizon Work & Family Committee -
SUMMER CAMP REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM 2011
DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT: JUNE 30, 2011
April 13, 2011
Taunton CSSC/SRC - Welcoming Verizon COO, Lowell McAdam!
April 12, 2011
District 1 held a high level meeting today and AT&T has agreed to honor the Arbitration decision!
April 6, 2011
April 4, 2011
National Day of Action Photos - CWA Local 1400
April 1, 2011
This is a reminder that applications are now being accepted through April 30 for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation's annual scholarship offerings for the 2011-2012 school year.
The Foundation's Board of Directors has approved the awarding of fifteen (15) partial college scholarships of up to $3,000 each, and the winners also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount, contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement.
Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members. Applicants must be high school graduates or high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to school may also apply.
Applications will be available solely online for completion and submission to the Foundation's website:
March 26, 2011
Second Verizon 2011 Contract Campaign and
Organizing Strategy Session
March 23, 2011
CWA Crows Over AT&T Deal
In cellular merger, organized labor comes out on top.
MIKE ELK | March 23, 2011 | American Prospect, web only
When news of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile USA broke on Sunday, the immediate reaction among progressives was one of dismay.
"Don't believe the hype: There is nothing about having less competition that will benefit wireless consumers," said S. Derek Turner, research director of the open communications advocacy group Free Press, in a statement. Other progressive consumer groups, including the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Digital Democracy, were also quick to issue statements denouncing the deal, which, if approved, would create the country's largest cellular carrier.
However, one progressive group cheered the merger: the Communication Workers of America, a labor union whose more than 500,000 members include 150,000 AT&T employees.
"[Union members] in the U.S. will welcome this news since of all the possible partners, AT&T will mean better employment security and a management record of full neutrality toward union membership and a bargaining voice," CWA President Larry Cohen said in a statement shortly after the merger was announced. "For T-Mobile USA workers who want a voice in their workplace, this acquisition can provide a fresh start with T-Mobile management."
For over a decade, CWA has been trying to organize T-Mobile's 26,000 workers. (The American Prospect covered CWA's organizing campaign back in our November issue.) However, CWA alleges that T-Mobile has engaged in heavy-handed anti-union intimidation tactics that have prevented workers from joining a union.
"When we tried to organize a call center in Maine, they just stopped us dead in our tracks with just a brutal intimidation campaign," said New England Area CWA Local 1440 President Don Trementozzi. "They called the police on our organizers when they visited the workplace. They threatened to fire people who supported the union. It was just impossible to get an organizing committee going there."
At AT&T, the Communication Workers of America have succeeded over the decades in winning concessions from management, including an easier path to organizing and a neutrality agreement that would prevent the company from interfering with union drives. If past is prologue, the new AT&T umbrella could be good news for T-Mobile workers.
"When Unicel sold to AT&T, we were able to successfully organize Unicel workers, who had been trying to organize for years, in just 90 days and get them into the contract right away," said Trementozzi. "It's unheard of in the labor movement to organize workers and get them a contract in 90 days, but with the neutrality agreement we were able to do it. It was almost pathetic how easy it was."
The opportunity to organize T-Mobile using a similar neutrality agreement could be a great boon to CWA, which has lost nearly 50,000 members since the recession began in 2007. It could also benefit unions nationwide.
"If heavily unionized AT&T didn't buy T-Mobile, it would be tough for AT&T to compete against non-union Verizon, who had gained a greater market share," said Trementozzi. "If T-Mobile had sold to non-union Sprint, it would have made the situation even worse for AT&T. Now, at least a union company like AT&T can compete against Verizon and not drive unions totally out of the telecom industry."
Some progressive consumer advocates disagree, arguing that unions are putting their own self-interest above the interests of consumers and the country's economic wellbeing.
"It may create more dues-paying members for CWA, but does it mean it's good for overall job market and the country?" asked Free Press political adviser Joel Kelsey. "Mergers almost always result in layoffs."
This is not the first time CWA has sided with telecoms and upset progressives. Over the summer, progressive groups blasted CWA for endorsing the compromise position of the FCC on net neutrality.
But unions counter all of these charges by arguing that consumer advocacy groups are not properly balancing consumers' rights with the need to build a movement for workers' rights. "We think it's important to put the workers' rights issue on their agenda and into their analysis of positions," said CWA Senior Director of Collective Bargaining and Technology George Kohl. "The future of the labor movement is at stake?and the strength of the progressive movement as a result."
Mike Elk is a third-generation union organizer and labor journalist based in Washington, D.C. He writes frequently for the Huffington Post and In These Times and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, and NPR. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/mikeelk.
March 22, 2011
CWA 1118 Picket of at&t
March 20, 2011 ***************** BREAKING NEWS!!! *********************
February 25, 2011
Stand Up With Wisconsin Rally In Trenton, NJ:
(Below) Don Trementozzi, President and Barbara Finn, DVP District 5, Maine
February 25, 2011
For more info contact Paul Feeney 617-930-8729 or Rand Wilson 617-803-0799
Massachusetts to Wisconsin...
Verizon IBEW members travel to Wisconsin to help build solidarity
In another important solidarity development, seven Boston-area Verizon employees who are members of IBEW Local 2222 left on Friday afternoon for an eighteen hour drive to Madison, Wisconsin to join the massive labor protests scheduled for this weekend.
Writing in a blog about the group's trip, Verizon employee and IBEW Local 2222 organizer Paul Feeney wrote, "We're making good time. We left Boston this afternoon and have heard from union members throughout the area as they send messages of support to the workers of Wisconsin. We plan to drive straight to Madison throughout the night."
I have asked each of my union brothers on the trip to reflect on how important it is to stand up at this critical time and act. Though we are but one small trip across many states that will end in a matter of days, we hope it serves as a call to action to all workers and their families. The call is urgent and the time is now!"
Steve "Smitty" Smith, another IBEW organizer and a retired 36-year lineman who is also on the trip wrote, "How important is Madison to me? My mom and my dad (a retired postal worker) live very modestly on his pension. Yet they offered me $100 when I told them we were going to support the workers in Madison. My mom and dad can't afford $100, but they won't stand by and see their children and grandchildren's futures disappear without getting involved." With his years of telecom experience and history of union activism, Smitty is considered the dean of the Boston delegation.
Other IBEW Local 2222 members on the trip to Madison include Bill Crowley, John Colleran, Jeff Oreander, Pat Atwell, and Matt Lyons.
"I'm so proud of all the telecom workers who are standing in Solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin," said Myles Calvey, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2222 and a key leader of Verizon telecom workers in New England. "Our unions must become part of a broad social movement to stop corporate greed in its tracks where ever it rears its ugly head! If today that fight is in Wisconsin, then we will be there!"
Calvey will be one of the lead negotiators for the union contracts with Verizon covering telecom workers from Massachusetts to Virginia that expires on August 6, 2011.
"Our local labor movement stood proud on Tuesday, said Greater Boston Labor Council, AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers. "To see our private sector unions rallying with our public employees demonstrated again that union solidarity is more than just a slogan in Boston."
Watch a video clip of the last Tuesday's Boston rally visit: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/02/23/boston-rally/
Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO
February 21, 2011
Following is Message from Chris Shelton
Labor Unions and the Middle Class are being attacked. In Wisconsin, the right wing is trying to strip away the Collective Bargaining Rights of the public workers. Tens of thousands of people have been protesting all weekend in Wisconsin. This is not a Budget fight, this is about a Governor who wants to destroy Unions. Ohio, Indiana, and New Jersey to name a few states are also under attack. There will be rallies in State Capitals all over the country this week. We must all get off the sidelines and join in this fight.
CWA and the AFL-CIO will be having a Rally in Trenton on the steps of the Statehouse on Friday at 12 Noon. The rally will be in support of our Brothers and Sisters who are fighting for their lives and their Unions in Wisconsin. The rally will also be a demonstration to the Governor of New Jersey that his ongoing attack on Collective Bargaining for our members and all Public Sector Union Members will be met with the same vehemence as what's going on in Wisconsin. It is vitally important for the survival of the Labor Movement and the survival of the Middle Class that we all come together not only Unions but also every group that has a stake in saving the American Dream.
Make no mistake if they succeed in Wisconsin and New Jersey they will be coming for the private sector unions and the rest of the Middle Class next.
On Friday February 25, 2011 - Every Union member should wear RED and we should encourage everyone who supports the American Dream to wear RED in support of our Rally IN Trenton and the Fight in Wisconsin.
CWA will be sponsoring a Nationwide Stewards Meeting (Conference Call) on Wednesday night tentative time 7:30 pm. Every CWA Steward should be on that call. Every Local should contact their Stewards to alert them, as the details become available we will get them to you.
Also any Local that can send people to Trenton on Friday at 12 noon should do so to demonstrate shoulder to shoulder arm in arm with your Brothers and Sisters CWA members from the Public Sector. Tentatively scheduled to speak at the Rally are Richard Trumka President of the AFL-CIO, Larry Cohen President of CWA and even more importantly Workers from Wisconsin.
See you Friday in Trenton,
Chris Shelton, Vice President
January 30, 2011
VT AFL-CIO COPE Conference, Barre, VT
(Above, Left to Right) Mike O'Day, Lisa Heisler, Sumner Delaney / VT Governor, Peter Shumlin
(Above, Left to Right) Kris White, Mike O'Day, Jeff Gauther / Senator, Bernie Sanders
(Above, Left to Right) Congressman, Peter Welch / 2nd Row: Mike O'Day, Sumner Delaney, Front Table: Jeff Lasko, Kris White, Jeff Gauther, Gary Trivento
January 8, 2011
Contract Campaign and Organizing Strategy Session.
CWA 1400 President Don Trementozzi and
IBEW 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey.
More information about mobilizations in your area coming soon!
All members and retirees invited!
Second Verizon 2011 Contract Campaign and
Organizing Strategy Session
It's Your Job - Join the Fight for It!
The Mobilization Team will have a second contract strategy meeting leading up to the August 6 Verizon contract expiration. We are organizing events to bring awareness and information to the membership regarding the issues involved in bargaining and our role as members to ensure a fair and equitable contract for all.
With all that has been in the news lately it is imperative that each and every member get involved. To quote Business Manager Myles Calvey, "Our success is gauged by your participation."
So participate for the good of the union!
- Presentations by T-6 Council Chair/IBEW Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey and CWA Local 1400 President Don Trementozzi.
- Discussion of key contract issues and the context for bargaining in 2011.
- Mobilization and organization: Setting up our campaign structures and getting ready to mobilize for the future!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Teamsters Local 170, 330 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA
(Take exit 11; Turn left at MA-122; Turn left to merge onto US-20 W/SW Cutoff toward Auburn/Sturbridge)
For more info and to RSVP for the meeting, please contact:
CWA Local 1400, (603) 436-4388, firstname.lastname@example.org
IBEW T6 Council and Local 2222, http://ibew2222.org, (617) 929-6000
All members and retirees are invited!
This is MANDATORY for all Chief Stewards & Stewards!
"Fighting for Our Union Future and the
Good Jobs Our Communities Need"
Verizon 2011 Contract Campaign and Organizing Strategy Session
*Presentations by T-6 Council Chair/IBEW Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey and CWA Local 1400 President Don Trementozzi.
*Discussion of key contract issues and the context for bargaining in 2011.
*Mobilization and organization: Setting up our campaign structures and getting ready to mobilize for the future!
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
American Legion, 88 Maple St., Marlboro, MA
(Close to I-495; two exits north of I-90)
For more info and to RSVP for the meeting, please contact:
CWA Local 1400, http://www.cwalocal1400.org, (603) 436-4388, email@example.com
IBEW T6 Council and Local 2222, http://ibew2222.org, (617) 929-6000
December 2, 2010
Senator Bernie Sanders:
November 19, 2010
Maine call center workers being diagnosed with “T-Mobile syndrome”
On November 19, four CWA members visited the T-Mobile call center in Oakland, Maine. Starting at 6:30 in the morning, call center employees arriving at work eagerly spoke about some of the problems they face at T-Mobile.
After leafleting throughout the day, employees had a meeting with the union the same evening. Maine's T-Mobile workers are fired up and ready to go.
It turns out there's a new epidemic in Oakland: local doctors have taken to diagnosing some of the company’s employees with “T-Mobile syndrome” when stress starts to affect their health. And no, we’re not kidding.
If you think you're coming down with T-Mobile syndrome, get in touch with us. We're working to make T-Mobile a better employer. Whether you work in Oakland, Maine, or any other T-Mobile location, you can contact CWA Organizer Tim Dubnau at firstname.lastname@example.org. All communication will be strictly confidential.
November 17, 2010
Swearing in to office, new District Vice President:
Theresa Dobson, District 2
November 3, 2010
Dubie concedes, Shumlin wins governor's race
Burlington, Vermont - November 3, 2010
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie conceded the race to Democrat Peter Shumlin at 9:30 this morning.
In his press conference, Dubie said he "accepts the will of the voters," and will not fight for a recount with the race currently standing at 50 percent to 48 percent.
Shumlin has a press conference planned for sometime between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Stay tuned to Channel 3 for up-to-the-minute results.
November 3, 2010
MA Governor -- 2,120 of 2,168 precincts reporting (98%)
|Deval Patrick, Dem (i)||1,083,924||49%||(X)|
|Charlie Baker, GOP||930,892||42%|
|Tim Cahill, Ind||178,757||8%|
|Jill Stein, Grn||32,106||1%|
NH Governor -- 278 of 301 precincts reporting (92%)
|John Lynch, Dem (i)||224,720||52%||(X)|
|John Stephen, GOP||195,387||45%|
|John Babiarz, Lib||9,681||2%|
VT Governor -- 233 of 260 precincts reporting (90%)
|Peter Shumlin, Dem||103,504||50%|
|Brian Dubie, GOP||100,375||48%|
|Dennis Steele, Ind||1,704||1%|
|Dan Feliciano, Ind||1,146||1%|
|Em Peyton, Ind||797||0%|
ME Governor -- 568 of 596 precincts reporting (95%)
|Paul LePage, GOP||206,149||38%||(X)|
|Eliot Cutler, Ind||198,589||37%|
|Libby Mitchell, Dem||103,018||19%|
|Shawn Moody, Ind||27,432||5%|
|Kevin Scott, Ind||5,396||1%|
November 2, 2010
CWA-COPE Contest a Tremendous Success
CWA members were the biggest winners in this year’s CWA-COPE contest, because the big jump in new CWA-COPE contributors means that CWAers will have an even stronger voice in the political process.
CWA Executive Vice President Annie Hill said CWAers should be very proud that “in the face of great challenges, a record number of members volunteered to either contribute to COPE for the first time or increase their contributions.”
Districts 1 and 6 won the contest, with District 1 collecting the most cards, 1,107, and District 6 raising the most dollars, $129,591, Hill said.
During the six month contest, 4,457 CWAers signed up for COPE for the first time or increased their contributions. That represents a 12.5 percent increase in contributions over 2009.
The hard work of CWA’s legislative/political coordinators, state coordinators and activists in every district and sector made the campaign a tremendous success. And the added incentive of the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas didn’t hurt.
On Nov. 2, eight separate drawings were held at CWA headquarters, with Hill and CWA Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Rechenbach picking the lucky winners of the trip for two to Las Vegas, including two nights’ accommodation and airfare. Watch the drawing at www.cwa-union.org/drawing, or check out the list of winners below:
- District 1 Michael Jones, Local 1109, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- District 2 Richard Henderson, Local 2010, Glenville, WVA
- District 3 Bonnie Cortes, Local 3250, Georgia
- District 4 Augusta Turman, Local 4302, Arkon, OH
- District 6 Brian Curby, Local 6143, San Antonio, TX
- District 7 Ken Saether, Local 7906, Lebanon, OR
- District 9 Ross Facione, Local 9408, Fresno, CA
Combined drawing for District 13/IUE-CWA/AFA-CWA, and media sectors
- Winner Kent Gee, IUE-CWA Local 86782, Tyler, TX
October 29, 2010
N.H. Governor John Lynch visits Manchester SRC, Fairpoint, NNE:
October 21, 2010
For immediate release: October 21, 2010
For more info contact: Ralph Montefusco (802) 598-5613 or Rand Wilson (617) 803-0799
CWA Local 1400's New Hampshire members get the facts on key issues before Nov. 2 election
Manchester - Union leaders visited members in New Hampshire on October 20 to talk about key economic issues before voting on Nov. 2.
The Local 1400 Political Action Team distributed an educational leaflet at FairPoint's Holt Avenue Call Center in Manchester, N.H. where about 50 members work. They were joined by IBEW local union leaders who also have members at the same facility.
The educational leaflets showed where New Hampshire candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress stand on jobs, unemployment and social security.
The political education was jointly sponsored by the IBEW and the New Hampshire AFL-CIO.
Based on the candidates' records, the unions recommended support for Senate candidate Paul Hodes, District One Congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter and District Two Congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster.
"We don't want our members to get distracted by all of the political noise," said Don Trementozzi, president of Local 1400. "No matter what political party you are associated with, there is a clear difference between the candidates on important pocketbook issues that are the priority for working class families."
"After our members learn the facts, we hope they will vote with their economic self-interest in mind," Trementozzi added.
The response from the union's membership appeared to be very enthusiastic. More than 60 members have joined the local's political action program since union leaders visited members in Vermont on Oct. 18 and New Hampshire yesterday.
CWA Local 1400 unites more than 200 members and their families who live in New Hampshire. Local 1400 members work for FairPoint Communications, Verizon and AT&T mobility.
Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO
October 19, 2010
Temp call center workers win permanent jobs at FairPoint
CWA Local 1400 unites FairPoint employees who work in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Local 1400 also represents workers at Verizon and AT&T throughout New England.
Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO
October 18, 2010
For more info contact: Ralph Montefusco (802) 598-5613 or Rand Wilson (617) 803-0799
CWA Local 1400 Members endorse
Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor
Burlington - CWA Local 1400's Political Action Team announced that after carefully considering both candidates, it will support Peter Shumlin for election as governor of Vermont.
"In tough economic times like these, it's important to examine the candidates' records to make sure they share the priorities of working families," said Don Trementozzi, president of Local 1400. "With support from CWA District One, we carefully researched both candidates on the issues affecting our jobs and the telecom industry. Without a doubt, Peter Shumlin is the best candidate to lead Vermont."
"Throughout his career in the legislature, Peter Shumlin has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us on telecom policy and employment issues," added O'Day. "He will be a powerful advocate of broadband for all Vermonters and he will make sure that the federal and state tax dollars used to build the network will be well spent."
Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO
October 4, 2010
CWA LOCAL 1400
DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010
TIME: 12pm - 2pm
WHERE: IBEW-UA HALL
3 GREGORY DRIVE, S BURLINGTON, VT 05403
We Urge ALL Members to Attend!
October 2, 2010
"One Nation" Rally, Washington, DC: 10/2/10
September 3, 2010
One of (2) Melissa Morin scholarship winners: Jennifer Aubin with her mother Danielle. Jennifer is attending Castleton State College, Castleton, VT. Her mother is a 15 year service rep in the CSSC. Mike O'Day, V.P., District 6 - Vermont, presented Jennifer with the scholarship award.
Second of (2) winners: Daniel Griffin. His mother, Patricia Griffin, has been with Verizon for 23 years and currently is in the Taunton, CSSC. Gregg Irving, VP District 3-SE Massachusetts, presented Patricia with the scholarship award.
September 2, 2010
"One Nation" Do Not Miss this Historical Day in Washington, DC on October 2nd!
There will be buses leaving Friday evening (10/1) and arriving back home Sunday Morning (10/3).
Contact us at the Local office if you have any questions.
PLEASE RSVP TO: (603) 436-4388 OR EMAIL CLOCAL1400@AOL.COM
August 5, 2010
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Communications Workers of America
For immediate release
August 5, 2010
For more info contact: Rand Wilson (617) 929-6000
Telecom workers begin year-long campaign for good jobs and reliable services at Verizon
Boston-Hundreds of telephone workers united in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) rallied for good jobs on Thursday, August 5 at Verizon's New England headquarters.
"A year before our contracts expire, we're sending a message to Verizon's top management that we'll fight for the preservation of good jobs, quality health care and secure pension benefits in negotiations next year," said Myles Calvey, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2222 and chair of the New England telephone workers' bargaining committee. The current agreement with Verizon expires on August 6, 2011.
"Some very profitable companies are using the recession as an excuse to demand givebacks and concessions from their employees," added Calvey. "We want to make it clear to management that union members aren't going to fall for that nonsense at Verizon."
Other speakers at the rally included Lt. Gov. Tim Murray; Congressman Stephen F. Lynch; Rep. Marty Walsh; Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Bob Haynes; Rich Rogers, Executive Sec-Treas, Greater Boston Labor Council; Ed Fitzpatrick, President, IBEW Local 2222; Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400; John Laughlin, Painters D.C. 35; Peter Derouen, UFCW Local 791; Ed Kelly, President, Boston Firefighters Local 718; Bill McGowan, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2323; Ed Starr, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2321; Dave Keating, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2325; and John Rowley, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2324.
Verizon's second quarter finances showed $9.8 billion in cash flow from operations, up nearly 30 percent from 2009. The $108 billion company had $5.5 billion in free cash flow, up nearly 77 percent from the second quarter in 2009.
Verizon had significant job cuts in 2010. There are now 24,500 fewer employees than one year ago -- and it spent $2.3 billion in the second quarter dealing with union negotiated buyouts to avoid layoffs. "We protected our members during unprecedented job cuts," said Calvey. "But I expect that job security will continue to be a major issue in next year's contract talks."
The workforce reductions, buyouts and layoffs in recent years stem largely from landline losses, but also from Verizon's massive shift away from rural America. Despite strong union opposition, Verizon has sold off its landlines in Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and most recently in 14 other states, substantially reducing union membership.
Meanwhile, the company has focused its investments in the largely unregulated -- and as yet mostly nonunion wireless side of its business.
"Verizon's top management has built an artificial wall separating wireless and other business operations from wireline," said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400. "Management is using this wall to block members from the high growth, high profit segments of the company."
"We are gearing up to fight for enhanced organizing rights for Verizon Wireless workers and to help them unite for wages and working conditions comparable to ours," added Trementozzi. "If we don't, Verizon will continue to use its 'divide and conquer' tactics to undermine our contracts." Local 1400 represents hundreds of Verizon workers at call centers throughout Massachusetts.
Both unions have been educating members and building support for enhanced organizing rights for Verizon Wireless employees. Members at IBEW Local 2222 and delegates to the recent CWA national convention have passed resolutions in support of the campaign.
Because customer and community support is so critical to winning good contracts, telecom workers have been building support in anticipation of the 2011 contract.
Members at both unions very actively supported striking workers at Shaw's Methuen warehouse. "I'll be there to support the telephone workers," said UFCW Local 791 member Laurie Comeau-Hunter Mahoney. "We can never repay IBEW and CWA enough for all that they have done for Shaw's workers."
Pictures from the rally may be viewed on the Picasa photo sharing website at:
About 8,000 Verizon workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are united in the IBEW and CWA.
August 5, 2010
July 27, 2010
CWA Local 1400 President, Don Trementozzi, presenting "Tear Down the Wall" (Verizon Wireless) resolution at the 72nd CWA Convention in Washington, DC on July 27, 2010. Resolution PASSED!
Tear Down the Wall at Verizon
New technologies have led to the rapid growth of wireless telephone and data applications, while wireline telephone service is rapidly declining.
Verizon's top management has built an artificial wall separating wireless and other business operations from wireline, and management is using this wall to block representation in the high growth, high profit segments of the company.
Ten years ago, 70 percent of Verizon employees were represented by a union; today it is less than 30 percent.
Verizon's management has aggressively interfered with the freedom of workers in Verizon Wireless (and other subsidiaries and divisions) to unite with unionized Verizon workers in the CWA and IBEW.
In contrast, CWA has negotiated a card check and neutrality agreement with AT&T, Verizon's major competitor, and as a result, 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers have organized into our Union and are covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Resolved: It must be a top priority to tear down the artificial wall that separates non-union Verizon wireless from the mostly union wireline side of the business. Organizing for this fight is preferable now while our unions are still a strong force within the company.
Resolved: Every CWA local must make it a priority to engage and educate Verizon members and Verizon wireless employees regarding the critical importance of building worker-to-worker unity to achieve collective bargaining to gain a strong voice for the good jobs that our communities need.)
July 24 - 28, 2010
CWA National Convention, Washington, DC
July 24, 2010
Appeals Committee, CWA National Convention, Washington, DC
June 18, 2010
** Special Thanks to all the Members and Friends who came to support our Kickoff Party!
50% of the Profits were donated to the Egan-Wood Family!
(Pictures are on the "In The Spotlight" page)
CWA UNITY COMMITTEE
Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 7pm-1am (DJ & Cash Bar)
Location: Lawrence Elk’s Ballroom
652 Andover St, Lawrence, MA
Theme: "Party Like a Rock Star!"
Admission: $10.00 per person
Entertainment by DJ Sean O'Toole:
Silent Auction & Prize Raffle Donations by:
CWA Local 1400 Members, Stewards, Friends
Daddy's Junky Music, Legal Sea Food, 99 Restaraunt, Fireside Restaraunt, Amoskeag Airport Service and MORE!
(2) $50 door prizes
Dress like your favorite Rock Star!
Prize for best dressed!
Plus many other exciting activities!
Partial Proceeds to benefit the Egan-Wood Family
June 4, 2010
IBEW Local 2222 membership joins CWA Local 1400 and adopts a "Tear Down the Wall" Resolution to expand organizing rights at Verizon
06/04/2010 - 1:00pm
Boston -- Hundreds of telecom workers voted unanimously at IBEW Local 2222's regular membership meeting on Wednesday, June 2 to support a grassroots campaign to make "tearing down the artificial wall separating the non-union Verizon wireless from the mostly union wireline side of the business" a top priority in negotiations for their next contract in 2011.
The resolution was advanced on the floor of the membership meeting by two leaders of the local's new "Futures Committee," which was established to develop new leadership at Local 2222 and within the larger labor movement.
"This is about all of our future as employees of Verizon," Pat Atwell told members. "Verizon is rapidly moving into the high growth, high profit areas of the telecommunications industry. But as they do so, top management is intent on leaving us – the union workers who built this company – behind.
"We can't let that happen," he continued. "Not if we want a future in this company for us, our children and our communities." Atwell, a Verizon splice service technician, works out of the company's Woburn garage.
Chris Morgan, another Verizon technician from South Boston, seconded the resolution. "Five years ago union membership at Verizon was about 70 percent of the company. Today we are less than 30 percent. Nothing is more important than reaching out to Verizon Wireless employees regarding the benefits of collective bargaining. We need to educate them and build unity in our company to achieve a strong voice for the good jobs that our communities need."
A similar resolution was also adopted by CWA Local 1400 at its May executive board meeting in Portsmouth, NH.
Local union leaders hope that the "Tear Down the Wall" resolution will spread to other telecom locals in both the IBEW and the CWA.
May 21, 2010
A MARCH FOR JUSTICE @ SHAW’S
MONDAY, MAY 24TH @ NOON
ON SHATTUCK ROAD
(PHOTOS FROM 5-24-10 ARE ON THE 'IN THE SPOTLIGHT!' PAGE)
May 7, 2010
Business, Pages 29 on 05/07/2010
Copyright © 2010, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc
Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO
April 29, 2010
April 24, 2010
CWA/Verizon - California -Bargaining Bulletin: Tentative Agreement Reached 4-24-10
BARGAINING BULLETIN #54
The Union and the Company bargaining committees have reached a tentative agreement today. Brief highlights of the Core agreement are:
*Wage increases of 2.75% for each of the 3 years.
*Sales Incentive Compensation Plan remains voluntary! 7A wage schedule increased.
*New MOA on Contractors, requiring the Company to report the contracting of “bargaining unit work” on a monthly basis.
*Verizon Business and Video Hub work moved into the Core agreement.
*No employee medical contributions.
*New Medical PPO plan effective Jan 2011 for all employees.
Brief highlights of Regional Wire Service agreement are:
*Wage increases of 2.75% for each of the 3 years
More details to follow!
Many “Thanks” to all of the members who actively participated in the bargaining process through your support and mobilization.
Your Bargaining Committee
Lisa Shafer, David Goodwin, Mike Frost, Ellen West, Ed Venegas, Gregg Gibson
April 18, 2010
Thank you to all who attended the Bi-Annual CWA Local 1400 Membership Meeting.
We had 70 Members in attendance !
April 29, 2010
This is a link to a YouTube video of our organizing efforts in Maine for T-Mobile last week. Tim Dubnau is our CWA District 1 Organizer (recording the video). Local 1400 Organizer Sheila McGillicuddy can be heard in the background! Great job everyone!
April 6, 2010
CWA Takes on Verizon Over FMLA Abuses
CWA has filed a
the Family and
Act. The class
Districts 1, 2
and 13. (Local
1400 is District
CWA and individual workers have laid out extensive complaints against Verizon. “Verizon has created a number of arbitrary administrative procedures that it requires workers to follow if they want to be certified for FMLA, but these procedures are not a part of the FMLA law. They shouldn’t be used to deny workers their rightful FMLA benefits, but that’s exactly what Verizon is doing,” said CWA General Counsel Mary O’Melveny.
FMLA provides workers at companies with 50 or more employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for the birth or adoption of a child; care of a spouse, parent or a child under 18 for a serious health condition; care of a child over 18 with mental or physical disabilities, and an employee’s own illness.
Verizon’s policies are a real Catch-22:
If a worker followed verbal instructions from the company’s absence reporting center, and those instructions were wrong, though the worker didn’t know it, the claim is denied.
If a worker couldn’t file the full report on time, because her doctor was on vacation or unavailable, the claim is denied. If another physician in the same office completed the report, but didn’t spell out the relationship between the two medical providers, the claim is denied.
If information was missing from the claim, for example, the doctor’s office didn’t complete an item, the claim is denied.
If a supervisor makes an error in reporting a workers’ claim, it’s denied.
At Verizon, as far as FMLA is concerned, once a claim is denied twice, a worker loses her FMLA rights.
*************************************** 2009: ****************************************
Verizon has announced another surplus in our Local and many other locals in New York and New England. CWA National and Local Leaders don't agree that we have a surplus. Our work is being moved around the country and vendors are doing our work in violation of our contract. Verizon has laid off CWA members in NY and IBEW members in NE, in violation of our contracts. Make no mistake Verizon is declaring war on us and we will be fighting back! CWA National Union Dist-1 is coordinating an all out attack. We have filed National Labor Relation Board charges and law suits and grievances. We need volunteers to help leaflet Verizon Wireless customers and other planned actions. Please call the local union office 603-436-4388 or email at email@example.com to volunteer. Thank you for your support.
CWA Local 1400
A Day in the Life of a Telephone Man Click the video to play it
Requiem For A Heavyweight, Telephone Labor Division
Twenty years ago this December, the large Dorchester, Massachusetts,
clan of Jerry "Judgie" Leary was, like many other telephone
worker families in the Northeast, not exactly flush with cash for Christmas
Jerry and 60,000 other members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers (CWA) had just spent four grueling, impoverishing months on the picket line battling NYNEX, the regional telecom giant now known as Verizon.
Memories of that strike include first-time-ever visits to food banks, the loss of job-based medical benefits because NYNEX cut them off, and the dismissal, suspension, or arrest of hundreds of union activists in New York and New England. In Westchester County, New York, a CWA picket captain with several young children was hit by a car driven by a scab and died of brain injuries; in New Hampshire, an IBEW striker was killed in an industrial accident while trying to do an unfamiliar factory job to feed his family...
Read the full article here
Hell No! Zero Givebacks!
Yesterday and today over 700 members showed up for a joint IBEW / CWA meeting in Bangor and Portland Maine. The message to FairPoint members is we did not cause this problem. The overwhelming 2.5 billion dollar debt and organizational chaos is the reason. The members response to the $30 million annual concessions is "Hell no! Tell them "0" givebacks. We have given and continue to give them our blood, sweat and tears!"
The U.S. Senate
to pass a health
care reform plan
tax our health care benefi ts! This plan would force Verizon to cut benefi ts
and shift costs to workers and retirees to avoid this tax.
Average ANNUAL TAX on Verizon East Health Plans:
$5,500 for workers with families
$2,000 for single workers
$3,200 for early retirees with families
$ 500 for single early retirees
President Obama promised health care reform that lets us keep our health care
benefi ts. CWA supports that plan, and the Senate should too.
There’s a better way. All employers should cover their workers and the wealthy
should pay their fair share too.
Call your Senators today! 1-888-580-0792
Tell them: Taxing health benefits is not health care reform
Verizon is trying to save money by not sending the books describing the benefit plans that they are offering this year. EVERY MEMBER should be calling to request these books due to the plan changes!!! 1-877-489-2367 Verizon Benefit Center
We filed a Board Charge on the changes the Company made to the HMOs and the Company’s refusing to bargain the new plan (National EPO NYNE). We will continue to pursue these legal options. The company has decided to move forward and there will be many HMO plans that will be terminated. Those members must decide on a new plan during this enrollment period.
If your members want to review their benefit information, such as the Health Plan Comparisons Charts, they can review them and print them at www.verizon.com/benefits or you can contact the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-877-4VzBens (1-877-489-2367). Representatives are available between 8 AM and 6 PM.
You can request a copy of your 2010 available options by calling the Verizon Benefits Center from October 19 - November 16th
Your members do not need to do anything unless they:
Want to make changes for 2010
Have a change to covered dependent
Need to certify who is a full time student
Want to enroll in a Health Care or Dependent Care Spending Account
Need to update their spousal surcharge eligibility.
As described on page 7 of the enrollment brochure, members who have not made a benefits change within the last 12 months will be able to change benefit coverage between November 1st and December 1st for the new coverage to be effective January 1 2010.
Again, if your current plan is available in 2010 and you want to keep your current plan, you do not need to do anything. If your current plan has been terminated, you will be defaulted to the EPO unless you enroll in one of the other options available.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call
Unions: Fairpoint requests are unfair. Concessions topic of talks
When FairPoint purchased Verizon's landline network in northern New England last year, opposition from the two unions - Communications Workers of America Local 1400 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2320 - played a major role in earning FairPoint about $350 million in savings on the deal.
"To come back to the people that
really helped you get a much sweeter deal and say, 'We need
concessions now,' I think that's unfair," said Glenn
Brackett, business manager of the IBEW chapter.
Click here for the full article
FairPoint workers cool to bid for cuts
Union leaders are unhappy with a FairPoint Communications Inc. request for concessions as the company struggles to avoid bankruptcy.
"Nickel and diming the unions is
not a way to get the company back on track," said Don
Trementozzi, president of Communications Workers of America
(CWA) Local 1400.
Click here for the full article
DoL Review Complete: Team Trementozzi Vindicated
For those of you that are unaware, in September of 2008 there
was an anonymous call to the Department of Labor making
accusations of financial misuse or otherwise of the local's
funds. Since September 2008 the local's records from 2003-2008
have been in the possession and under extensive investigation by
the Department of Labor.
We are pleased to announce that the local's records were
returned to us Friday, October 2, 2009. For the years in question (2003,
2004, and 2005) the Department of Labor has exonerated the
previous Trementozzi administration of any wrongdoing. The
agents for the Department of Labor advised that even though the
records were in their possession, they did not do an
investigation on years 2006, 2007 or 2008 since the September
2008 caller's accusations were about years 2003-2005.
Boston union workers rally over layoffs
Hundreds of angry union workers marched through downtown Boston yesterday to protest recent layoffs at the Hyatt Hotel and planned cutbacks at other firms including Verizon.
Saying they won’t tolerate a
“jobless recovery,” union members rallied first on Boston Common
near the State House, then marched to the Verizon building in
Post Office Square - and then they ducked backed into the
Downtown Crossing area to the Hyatt, which recently fired dozens
of non-union housekeepers in favor of lower-paid subcontracted
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Vermont AT&T wireless phone store workers unite in CWA Local 1400
short campaign, eighty-one AT&T Mobility phone store workers in
eleven Vermont stores have formed a new union with CWA Local 1400.
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Click here for a copy of the certification from the American Arbitration Association.
Verizon Attempting to Unilaterally change HMO plans to EPO
I had previously reported that the
company had intended to eliminate most of the HMO’s and they were
going to add a new EPO plan. We notified the company that we do not
believe that they have a right to eliminate these plans and add a
new plan without the union’s agreement. The company has responded
that they have a different view and would not need to obtain the
Union’s agreement or permission. We are now pursuing our legal
We have continued to meet thru the AHRC and the company has taken
some of our suggestions and concerns and adjusted their initial plans. We now have nine (9) HMO’s that will be offered in 2010. They are:
808 Capital District Physicians Health
825 Blue Alliance NY
843 Univera Healthcare NY
HIP Health Plan of NY
814 Empire BCBS HMO of NY –( now calling it Anthem EPO NY/NE )
847 Aetna INC HMO
838 HealthNet of Connecticut
827 Independent Health of Buffalo
817 United Health Care Passport/Harvard Pilgrim
We maintain that they must bargain with us over the new EPO plan which they list as an HMO and the Company cannot eliminate HMOs without actively involving the Union in the process. We are pursuing our legal options but will continue to discuss with the company adding additional HMOs.
We will keep you informed.
Dennis G. Trainor
Assistant to the Vice President
CWA District One members show strong support for appointing temporary Senator from Massachusetts
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Over 50 members from five Massachusetts locals attend statehouse hearing
Boston -- CWA District One members showed strong union support for appointing a temporary interim Senator to fill Sen. Kennedy's seat at the Massachusetts legislature's Joint Committee on Election Laws hearing.
"With the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy two weeks ago, Massachusetts has only one U.S. senator," said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400. "This has left Massachusetts working families with only partial representation during critical fights in the Senate on health care reform and the Employee Free Choice Act." CWA Local 1400 members work at Verizon and AT&T.
"We could be just one vote short of the 60 votes we'll need in the Senate to get legislation passed this year," said Lynda Nordyke, President of CWA Local 1302. "It is imperative that we have full representation as soon as possible." CWA Local 1302 members work at Idearc.
The hearing at the Massachusetts State House on House Bill 656 packed Gardner Auditorium. And no group had a larger -- or more visible -- turnout than CWA, whose members filled an entire section of the room with their colorful red t-shirts. Other CWA local unions with members attending the hearing included Local 1300/AEEF, 1301 and 201.
House Bill 656 would not impact the special election scheduled for January 19, 2010, but it would allow Massachusetts to have full Senate representation in the interim period.
"Every day, U.S. Senators cast critical votes on issues essential to the people of Massachusetts," said Paul Bouchard, a CWA District One Representative and former Lucent Technologies employee. "There are lots of important issues coming up. All the other states have two senators for the next six months. We should too."
Pictures from the hearing can be viewed here.
Local 1400 Protesting Verizon's new Dress Code
Hi All---long after close of business yesterday the Company sent an email indicating that they were declaring impasse in the Business and Workplace Attire negotiations. Their plan is to impose the Workplace Attire policy immediately with communication with inside employees beginning today and enforcement of the guidelines beginning Monday, August 24, 2009.
On the Business Attire Policy the will establish accounts with the Company's vendor for the affected employees, but have not yet stated a time line for ordering the Verizon branded shirts.
CWA legal will file a board charge today over this implementation. We do not believe that we are at impasse and Legal will make our position known in the board charge process. As more information becomes available it will be sent out.
As always, if you have questions, please call. Lisa
Elisa Riordan, Area Director
80 Pine Street
New York, New York
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2009 - CWA Convention
Thousands of CWA members descend upon Washington, DC in support of the Employee Free Choice Act & health care reform.
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US Vice President Joe Biden thanks the CWA for our support
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the convention in Washington, DC here
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