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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bargaining Completed

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today the company and union reached the point where we feel the membership should now vote on the contract.  A letter will be mailed out informing everyone about the ratification meetings.

The meetings start Monday November 28th and conclude on Thursday December 1st.


We also want to inform everyone that within the next couple of days the company will be announcing surpluses in certain workgroups across the country. The company will be canvassing for volunteers to take VSP.  The company will be offering everyone in the surplus group a choice between taking VSP or getting a Pension Enhancement of 3 Years added to your years of service. They are not committing at this point that at the end of the canvass period if they do not reach the surplus number that they will not then proceed to involuntary layoffs.

18 comments:

  1. So the question is are we being laid off??? I would love to get this information sooner than later.... I haven't been with the company for a yr yet so these packages that they are offering don't pertain to me... so I would be basically kicked to the curb with no care in the world and have to wait on unemployment (which is nothing).....

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    1. No right now there are no layoffs. The company will be canvassing for volunteers to tak a voluntary seperation in areas where they feel are surpluses. After the canvas is done and they do not reach their number the company as of today stated they do nott know if involuntary will take place. They will have to assess that then

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  2. We all have to stay strong..stay positive and stand by each other. We have all been through this over and over and we are still here doing an amazing job.

    OMAHA 😀

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    1. Well Said Michelle. Together we will walk and stand strong

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  3. Thanks for the updates. VSP was the same thing that got offered back in 2006 and a good chunk of people took it. stay positive!!!!

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    1. A positive way to look at this is if they keep it voluntary with VSP and the only ones that leave are ones that they choose to.

      So let's all stay strong and united and keep the faith that it doesn't go to involuntary. Together we all will get thru this

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    2. how many people are the company looking to reduce nationwide? are was talking 20?100?1000?

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  4. Please disable anonymous posts.

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  5. If you take the VSP is it effective immediately or do you still get your 60 days?

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  6. Bargaining completed, yet nothing other then you'll get a letter, and people are getting let go, sounds like no raise and be happy to have a job

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  7. Why are we still waiting for the answer to the above question? Its been 4days now ,If you take VSP do you leave earlier than a 60 day notice ??? Can someone please answer.



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    1. Our current contract explains when the 60 day notice starts. It's covered in the layoffs and recall section.

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    2. Is it the same for regular layoffs and VSP? The contract does not differentiate. That is why I asked in the first place

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  8. As of today VSP has not been offered here in NY

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  9. I have made my decision....and I don't have to go to a meeting to decide.....If complex assigners continue to get complex pay and do facility assigner work (there are 4 in my area) then I will vote NO!!! Unions should be fair to employees if I do the same work that a person that went through the same class what is fair about that. I don't care about anything else rather than equal pay for equal work...put complex assigners in complex jobs.....unfair labor practice

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    1. Keep in mind, those complex assigners had to not only qualify for one function, but two- assignment and one of the three special skills (cuts, centrex, circuits), in order to be a qualified complex assigner. It is the Company's fault that there are complex assigners not currently doing their trained "special skill". Those complex assigners could be moved into any of the three above "special skills" at any time, all for less than a dollar an hour more than tier 1 pay. All it would take is an opening.

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  10. what layoffs we don't have enough people to get the job done now everything is back logged weeks

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  11. IBEW in charlestown WV, my very well be losing head count..Then Mangment will have CWA cover there whole area

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