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Verizon, Unions Reach Tentative Deal
Though Many Members Don't Like New Arrangement
by Karl Bode 08:25AM Thursday Sep 20 2012 Tipped by PX Eliezer70 See Profile
After more than a year of negotiations that included the strike last summer of 45,000 workers, Verizon and the Communications Workers of America have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. “Verizon workers will keep their standard of living and the benefits and working conditions we've fought for over the years," says the CWA. What I'm hearing from union workers isn't quite so enthusiastic; workers complain there's a significant loss of retirement and other benefits in the new agreement and it may be voted down. It remains unclear if union workers fully realize the scope of Verizon's plans to kill off wireline DSL entirely to focus on non-unionized wireless, something that's going to dramatically kill off membership very soon.

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Jealousy, such a bitter pill to swallow... There, I've finally said it. Every time Karl posts a news clip regarding a union, the union haters come out of the woodwork to bash everything we stand for. But for the history of the labor union movement over the past 60+ years, people in this country would still be working in sweat shops, subject to abusive tendencies from management. Even industries who had previously sidestepped organizing activities, cable companies for example, are now becoming unionized (cablevision). Labor unions are not just about money, they are more importantly for protecting workers from the abusive, greedy hands of management, and ensuring safe working environments for its members.

PROUD CWA member, local 1122!

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Re: Retirement

said by hottboiinnc:

It's time for more people to start paying into their own retirement. Don't wanna pay in, then keep working all your life. It's not the company's job to make sure you keep having income after you leave and retire.

And people would have no problem paying into their own retirement if they would receive raises and other adjustments to cost of living on a regular basis, especially when these companies are bringing in billions of dollars.
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Wow, youre back with your all-mighty wisdom, AGAIN. If you were at a job that had a pension, you wouldnt have such ridiculous opinions. When youre coming out of college, and you weigh your options, the benefits are analyzed. If a company offers a pension, and vacation, and sicktime, and a good wage, you GO FOR THAT JOB.

Just because you dont have something, doesnt mean nobody else should. I thought you retired this screen name?

And by the way, it will really ruffle your feathers to know that VZ Union employees not only get a pension, but have a 401K as well. Yea, maybe you shouldve filled out a NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, GTE, or Verizon application years ago.

I'll never understand why people are so concerned with dragging down everyone else instead of raising themselves up, its really sad.