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Free tuition to SUNY and CUNY students whose families earn $125,000 or less a year

CWA Local 1101 joined Hillary Clinton at LaGuardia Community College in support of  Governor Cuomo's ceremonial signing of NYS's new free tuition program, The Excelsior Scholarship Program. The program was included as part of the states new budget and offers free tuition to SUNY and CUNY students whose families earn $125,000 or less a year.

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Verizon hires ex-Ericsson CEO, sets new operating structure

By Anjali Athavaley, Reuters, 3/31/17. Verizon Communications Inc said on Friday that Hans Vestberg, the former Ericsson chief executive officer, has joined the company and will lead a team building out its fiber network infrastructures amid growing competition from smaller rivals.

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New York City Sues Verizon, Claiming Broken Promises of Fios Coverage

By Patrick McGeehan, NYT, March 13, 2017.  Nine years after Verizon promised to make its high-speed Fios internet service available to every household in New York City, the city sued the company on Monday, saying it had failed to keep that pledge. In a complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the city contends that Verizon is in breach of a 2008 franchise agreement. 

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Verizon Corporate Profit Sharing Award to be Paid March 10

You should have received the following letter from Verizon. One more benefit we kept due to the strike!  

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Verizon Striking Members to Receive IRS form 1099

As per IRS regulation, CWA Local 1101 will be issuing 1099-misc for Strike Benefits received during the 2016 Verizon Strike. CWA Local 1101 is recommending that you report the 1099 when you file your taxes. Only weekly flat payments received during the Strike will be reported on the 1099s. Reimbursements for Gas Receipts and Medical Expenses are not reported.

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2017 Annual Open Enrollment Dates for Verizon: Nov 7 - 18

This is your opportunity to review your benefits and make any changes to your benefits. Retirees are urged to make any changes during the annual enrollment period, however they  continue to have "Anytime Enrollment". When a retiree makes a change outside of the Annual Enrollment period, the change is effective the first of the month following a 30 day period. So, under "Anytime Enrollment" a retiree could make a change up through November 30, 2016 to be effective January 1, 2017.

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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Information for Verizon Retirees

Below please find find the UnitedHealthcare Pre-Enrollment Plan Guides for the MEP HCP and HCN Advantage Plan option.  This is a UnitedHealthcare initiated communication that was mailed in early October to any retiree and/or dependent who will be Medicare-eligible as of January 1, 2017.

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Medicare Advantage Informational Meetings for Verizon Retirees

Updated List as of October 18, 2016. United Health Care had a delay in getting retiree meeting invitations to retirees, which impacted meetings scheduled the week on October 10th.  To address this, United Healthcare has added additional meetings to cover impacted locations.

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Why Verizon Is Closing Call Centers After It Said It Wouldn't

By Aaron Pressman, Fortune.com, October 13, 2016. Probably the biggest issues in the bitter, seven week strike by workers at Verizon Communications this spring was job security-especially for call center employees.And the lowest point of the entire dispute came when striking workers went to the Philippines to see an outsourced call center and were chased through the streets by Verizon's armed guards.

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Verizon workers in Pennsylvania can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines

By Jon Brodkin, arstechnica.com, 10/5/16. Techs must try to replace broken copper lines with wireless, Verizon memo says.  Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that connects to Verizon Wireless's cell phone network.

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