By uniting in a union…
Verizon Business Techs Gain Benefits of New Contract and a Voice on the Job
Technicians at Verizon Business (VZB) finally are united in IBEW and CWA with a new labor agreement.
The VZB techs gained union recognition in a breakthrough agreement reached between Verizon management and the CWA and IBEW in August 2008. Since then, Verizon and leaders from the two unions have been meeting regularly to work out the integration of the VZB workers into a union environment. The new VZB contract covers about 600 technicians from Maine to Virginia.
The VZB techs received strong support from CWA and IBEW members in a campaign to “tear down the wall” between union and non-union sectors at Verizon. We have made a good start, but there is much work to be done.
Now that the techs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are organized and have a contract, thousands of Verizon Business (VZB) workers throughout the rest of the country are looking to learn from their experience.
For background materials on the VZB organizing campaign and a summary of the VZB Tech’s contract be sure to visit the VZB Downloads Page.