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Verizon, Unions in Federal Mediation Talks

Union Square Rally. Click photo to view gallery. ( photo by C. Richter)

By Linda Sadlouskos

With the one-year deadline of the expiration of two unions’ contracts with Verizon looming on Aug. 6, negotiators for both sides are before a federal mediator in Washington.

A union leader representing thousands […]

Con Edison Lockout Ending: Cuomo Announces Deal Between Con Edison And Union Workers

By Fay Abuelgasim 07/26/12

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fearing that a severe storm could wreak havoc with the city’s power system, intervened in a labor dispute between the Consolidated Edison utility and its workers and brokered a tentative agreement Thursday after a weeks-long standoff.

“You don’t want a storm hitting New York […]

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On Verizon-CWA-IBEW Labor Talks

Washington D.C.— Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on the ongoing labor negotiations between the Verizon Communications Inc., the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW):

“Pursuant to the joint agreement of the above named parties, future negotiations for successor collective […]

Regional Bargaining Report # 60

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On July 19, 2012, CWA and IBEW requested the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in our contract negotiations with Verizon.

The Company first refused the Union’s request for Mediation but we have been notified that the Company has agreed to Mediation and we are scheduled to meet […]

Workers Stand for America Rally! Philadelphia, PA - Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sign the Bill of Rights (click on the image)

Join CWA, AFL-CIO, national Building and Construction Trades Department, all our union brothers and sisters, community partners and political allies on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Philadelphia to fight for the survival of America’s middle class and an economy that works for the 99%.

Organized […]

Verizon Rejects Mediation Offer

Updated: Unions Seek Federal Mediation In Verizon Contract Talks

CWA, IBEW Request Intervention in Negotiations With Telco; Verizon Rejects Mediation Offer

Rally at Pearl Street 7-18-2011. Click on photo to view album.

By Todd Spangler- Multichannel News 7/19/2012

Verizon said that senior vice president of labor relations Lawrence Marcus sent a response Thursday to […]


ConEd Rally in Union Square. 7-17-2012. Click on the photo to view album.

Unions Seek Independent Third Party After Verizon Negotiations Drag On For Over a Year

Washington, DC – In response to the unwillingness of Verizon to bargain a fair contract for workers, […]

Hundreds of Union Members Rally in Support of Locked Out ConEd Workers

Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 participate in a march and rally in support of locked out Consolidated Edison workers, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Union Square in New York. (Click on photo to view album)

The Associated Press July 17, 2012

NEW YORK — Locked-out […]

Verizon CEO Ponders Killing Off Rural Phone/Broadband Service

Verizon’s Plans to Abandon Rural Landline Customers – Sign Up for Our Expensive LTE 4G Wireless Broadband With a 10GB Usage Cap Instead

Some of the most revealing commentary from McAdam came in response to questions about what Verizon plans to do with its enormous landline phone network, dominant in the northeastern United States.

In […]

Lawful and Unlawful Refusals to Work Voluntary Overtime

District 1 VP Chris Sheldon (left). Trenton Rally 2-25-2011

Verizon unit members should be aware that the recent threat from Kevin Service was just that an empty threat. CWA District One Vice President Chris Shelton’s You Tube Video clearly delineates the line between lawful and unlawful refusals to work voluntary overtime.

The UNION cannot […]