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A Message From The President

The Executive Board welcomes all Communications Workers of America, AFL,CIO Local 1120 members to our web page. The purpose of this web page is to provide a means of supplying information about our local and labor issues.    To all cwa local 1120 members. I want to thank all of my fellow union brothers and sisters for their commitment, and determination in keeping our local strong. Together we can overcome any challenge that we may face.

James Gescheidle
President, CWA Local 1120

           

 We must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.
Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”

Martin Luther King

      

                                                                                                                                                                                 


What's New at CWA 1120
Happy Thanksgiving
                               The Executive Board of CWA Local 1120 would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! We should all take a little time out of our busy schedules to be thankful for what we have, and for the family and friends we love. 
VZ Covid Vaccine Bargaining Update

Effects Bargaining Report

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate- Verizon

November 18, 2021

 

 

In mid-October Verizon announced that their non-union workforce would be subject to a mandatory Covid- 19requirement. At that time, the announced mandate did not apply to the unionized workforce as the Company had an obligation to notify the Unions.

On October 14, 2021, Verizon notified CWA and IBEW of its intent to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the unionized workforce unless an individual has a medical or religious exemption. The Company cited safety of employees and customers and the need to comply with federal, state, local and customer requirements as its reason. 

CWA and IBEW requested to bargain over the effects that a mandate may have on our members. The Unions and Verizon began negotiations on October 28th

We requested information to determine if it was necessary under the federal mandate applicable to federal contractors, to apply a vaccine mandate to all employees.

Throughout the course of negotiations, the Unions position remained firm that employees who do not perform work in connection with a federal contract or do not work in a location with others who perform work in connection with a federal contract, should not fall under the federal contractor mandate and therefore they should not be mandated to be vaccinated. In lieu of mandating vaccinations for employees not covered by President Biden’s Executive Order regarding federal contractors, CWA and IBEW proposed applying the workplace safety protocols issued by OSHA – protocols that include testing andmasking for unvaccinated employees.  Verizon was insistent that it would not agree to any proposal that required them to have two policies.  The Company’s position, which is consistent with various other employers who have federal contracts and fall under the Biden Executive Order, is that creating two tiers of standards – one that applies to employees who are covered by the Executive Order and another standard for employees who are not covered – will be extremely difficulto administer, and could lead to the Company inadvertently violating the federal requirements for vendors, potentially risking the loss of federal government work.  

The parties had several bargaining meetings and continued to exchange proposals over the terms of the proposed policy, its implementation and its effect on our members.  CWA and IBEWconsistently maintained that the Company could distinguish between employees covered by the Executive Order and those that are not.  In addition, we advanced proposals designed to protect the jobs of our members who for medical, religious or personal reasons choose not to be vaccinated.  We stressed the various options for such members, including accommodations that would permit employees who qualify for exemptions to comply with OSHA’s safety protocols while continuing to perform their job duties. 

On November 16, 2021, the Company presented a Last Best Final offer, which included modifications based on the Union’s counter proposals to Verizon, including extending the deadline for Verizon’s vaccine requirement for the unionized workforce to February 1, 2022

The Unions made a counter proposal to the Company’s last best final offer which was rejected, with the Company continuing to insist on one policy that covers all of its employees. Today, Verizon informed CWA and IBEW the parties are at impasse and that they intend to impose the terms outlined in their Last Best Final offer.  The Company will communicate the terms of the implemented policy with employees’ tomorrow morning. 

 

The following are some of the key aspects of the Company’s last offer:

1.Employees who do not get at least one dose of the vaccine prior to February 1, 2022 may be placed on unpaid leave for at least 60 days.  

2.If at any point during that unpaid leave the employee submits proof of partial vaccination, the leave will besuspended and the employee will be permitted to return to work abiding by applicable safety protocols.

3.An employee who does not get at least a first dose of a vaccine prior to the expiration of the 60 day unpaid leave may be separated at the end of the leave.  

4.Employees will have the opportunity to apply for medical and religious exemptions.  

5.Employees who are unable to get vaccinated during non-work hours will continue to have up to 4 hours of paid leave to get a first dose and up to another 4 hours of paid leave to get a second dose of a two dose vaccine.    

 

 

VZ Vaccine Mandate Bargaining Update

Effects Bargaining Report

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate- Verizon

November 12th, 2021

 

CWA Districts 1 and 2-13 and IBEW New York and New Jersey have continued to meet with Verizon to bargain over the effects the Company’s planned COVID-19 vaccine mandate will have on our members. 

The Company intends to require all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (and submit proof to the Company) or be approved for a legally recognized medical or religious accommodation. Under the Company’s proposal, those who are non-compliant could face unpaid leave and possibly discharge.  

CWA and IBEW are reviewing information to determine if Verizon’s proposed mandate is fully required under the law.  We have outlined a counter proposal that addresses the processes for providing proof of vaccine, requests for accommodations, non-compliance issues and more.

The Company is reviewing the Unions’ outline. The parties will have additional meetings this week and ongoing, as needed. We will continue to provide updates regarding any developments.  

 

Quarterly Meeting Zoom Link

CWA 1120 Quarterly Meeting

Nov 18th   

6pm

CWA Local 1120 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CWA Quarterly Meeting
Time: Nov 18, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7148140882

Meeting ID: 714 814 0882
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VZ Vaccine Bargaining Update

Effects Bargaining Report

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate- Verizon

November 4, 2021

On October 14, 2021, Verizon notified CWA of its intent to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the unionized workforce unless an individual has a medical or religious exemption. The Company cited safety of employees and customers and the need to comply with federal, state, local and customer requirements as its reason. 

CWA requested to bargain over the effects that a mandate may have on our members.

CWA Districts 1 and 2-13, as well as IBEW New York and New Jersey, met with Verizon on October 28th and November 3rd to open these discussions.

In both meetings, we requested information related to the mandate, including to whom the mandate will apply, the processes for submitting proof of vaccination, and the process for requesting an accommodation for medical, religious or other legally recognized basis.

The Union is evaluating the information provided before making any proposals.

We will continue to meet with Verizon and will keep you posted regarding any developments.

VZ Vaccine Mandate Info Meeting

Verizon Employees

Vaccine Mandate Informational Meeting

Oct 27th 6:00PM

Topic: CWA 1120
Time: Oct 27, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88456430032?pwd=WDZtdGVUVkFwSGdYcXNpS0JUR1lYUT09

Meeting ID: 884 5643 0032
Passcode: 071097
 

VZ Vaccine Update

Earlier today, Verizon announced that management and non-union employees who report to company buildings and retail stores will be mandated to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. 

Verizon notified CWA of their intention to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the unionized workforce. CWA has requested to bargain over the impact that any mandate may have on our members.

We expect to begin having meetings with management around October 25th, 2021, to discuss and bargain regarding the implementation and impact of any mandate..

We will keep you posted regarding any developments.

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