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CWA and IBEW Ask for Mediation in Verizon Contract Talks

Photo of 11/2/2011 CWA/Occupy D.C. March, by Julia Kann

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Unable to negotiate an agreement for over a year, Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW) have asked the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to step in to help with negotiations with Verizon Communications.

"Our Bargaining Committee has tried to work out equitable compromises for 13 months now,” said CWA Local 2108 President Marilyn Irwin.

We’ve tried to address the company's issues while rewarding our members for their contributions to the success of this $100 billion company. Verizon apparently wants no part of compromise and seems determined to gut the contract we have spent 60 years building.

The two unions represent about 45,000 workers at Verizon locations from New England to Virginia. Verizon has made more than $16.3 billion in profits over the past four years but “continues to insist on drastic cuts in benefits and employment security,” says CWA, adding that the company’s Board of Directors approved a 200 percent increase in compensation for the CEO to $23.1 million annually. 

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