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Media Round up on Verizon & VZW Contract Ratifications

Below is a round-up of news articles on the Verizon & Verizon Wireless contract ratifications. 
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A Strike For All Working Families

by CWA President Chris Shelton, Huffington Post.  Let's talk about something that is truly extraordinary. On April 13, nearly 40,000 workers walked out the door at Verizon. After ten months of fruitless bargaining, their backs were against the wall. They did not know how long they would be on the street, or how long their families would have to survive without a paycheck. But they were determined, they were militant, and they were creative.

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Raises, Overtime Lists & Ratification Bonus

The contract was ratified Friday, June 17. The first raise of 3% went into effect yesterday, Sunday, June 19, 2016. The overtime lists will be zeroed out next Sunday, June 26. The ratification bonus of $1000 will be paid within 30 days after ratification. The raise schedule is as follows going forward:

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Victory at Verizon & VZW 2016

Click the headline to see the video.  Because of the sacrifices we made and our unity on the picket line, we came out stronger than we went in. We sent a clear message that working people coming together to fight for what is right will not be defeated. Click the headline to see the video.

CWA Members Overwhelmingly Approve Verizon Contracts

CWA National Press Release: June 17, 2016. Contracts cement historic victory for nearly 40,000 wireline workers, wireless retail workers, and wireless technicians following seven-week strike. Verizon workers along the East Coast overwhelmingly voted to ratify new contracts that were negotiated following a historic 49-day strike by nearly 40,000 workers. Voting separately, CWA members in the New York-New England region (CWA District 1) and the mid-Atlantic (CWA District 2-13) and in New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts.

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The Inside Story of How the Verizon Strike Ended

by Aaron Pressman, Fortune Magazine. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and his staff had been following the uneven negotiations between Verizon Communications and its two large unions for almost a year when some 40,000 workers, mostly installers, electricians, and call center workers, walked out on strike in mid-April.

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Worker Unity Brings Victory at Verizon

By Christine Owens, Huffington Post. The largest strike in recent history ended on Wednesday, as nearly 40,000 Verizon field technicians, call-center workers and others went back to work after more than six weeks on the line. The strike captured the public's imagination not just because of its size and duration, but because it laid bare the seedy underbelly of the attack on good jobs in America - unprincipled and unbridled outsourcing and globalization, fueled by corporate greed. 

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Design the Local 1101 Strike 2016 T-shirt

We are making Strike 2016 t-shirts for all Local 1101 Verizon, Verizon Business & Verizon Wireless members (except the scabs of course).  We're holding a contest for the winning slogan/t-shirt design. Top prize: your T-shirt design will be proudly worn by 1101 members at the 2016 Labor Day parade and for years to come! Please email your slogan and design to: Local1101tshirt@gmail.com.

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Tuition Assistance Update for Verizon workers

Verizon notified the national Union of the following TAP problem According to the Company, the vendor who manages the Tuition Assitance Plan was notified that the strike was over and that the plan should be reinstated effective on the date that the employee returned to work.

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Commuter Spending Account Reinstatement for Verizon workers

Members Must Take Action to Reinstate Plan. Verizon failed to include any information about the Commute Spending Account program in the materials that were sent to members about reinstatement of benefits. Action is required by members who want to continue in this account. Members are required to re-enroll if they wish to participate in the CSA program.

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