Thursday, August 7, 2008

CWA Sets Bargaining Deadline in Verizon Negotiations

The CWA/IBEW Unified Bargaining Committees announced a bargaining deadline for completing contract negotiations with Verizon. That deadline is Monday, Aug. 11, 12:01 am. At that time, the existing contract that was extended last weekend will expire. The union said strike action then becomes possible if a fair settlement is not reached.

Among the critical issues: permanent, quality jobs at Verizon and other job issues, health care and retirement security, a fair wage settlement and others.

The union said a strike date will be set by the two union presidents in consultation with the bargaining committees.

The current contract, which covers 65,000 members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was slated to expire at midnight on Saturday, August 3rd.

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