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Monday, August 04, 2003
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Verizon Negotiations: Making Progress Every Day

Verizon, unions rejoin talks:

Verizon Communications Inc. employees reported to work as usual on Monday, after unions agreed to negotiate past a weekend deadline...

The nation's largest telephone company and two unions representing about 80,000 employees, or about a third of the company's work force, were set to resume contract negotiations after making "substantial progress" over the weekend...

Here's the CWA take on things:

Over the weekend, we made real progress in our negotiations with Verizon. We are continuing talks today on some key issues that remain to be worked out and our subcommittees are continuing to do their work.

Our solidarity actions are an important support for bargaining. We have a carefully developed plan that supports bargaining, and right now, that plan does not include any actions that affect the business of the company.

Other actions may be necessary down the road, but right now, it's important that we stay together, follow our plan and focus on our bargaining strategy.

Actions we should all be doing include pre-work rallies, wearing red, after-work tailgates and other activities that mobilize our members, spread our message and build public support.

We can win a fair contract in bargaining if we stay strong and stick with our strategy. That means not falling for management traps, not getting provoked on the job and not planning or discussing options that affect Verizon's business.

Our plan is working -- let's stick to it.

Keep fingers crossed...


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