CWA Local 9575, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties and the City of Gilroy

WORKERS RATIFY CONTRACT AT VERIZON WEST

Nov. 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WORKERS RATIFY CONTRACT AT VERIZON WEST

 

SANTA FE SPRINGS—Members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) have ratified a new contract with Verizon West.

 

The deal covers 4,500 workers throughout California. It raises wages 8.77 percent over four years, limits outsourcing of FiOS work and returns jobs to CWA jurisdiction.

 

“As in the rest of the country, we have had to agree to some difficult concessions in the area of pensions and medical benefits, but we also preserved many terms and benefits the company had sought to take away,” said Jim Weitkamp, CWA vice-president for District 9. “Clearly, our members understand the value of securing an agreement to protect these items.”

 

CWA members at Verizon West had been working without a contract since September, when slow progress caused the union to cancel an earlier extension. The affected workers include FiOS technicians, operators, call center representatives, customer service representatives, cable splicers, field technicians for business and residential service, buried service wire employees and other job titles.

 

Verizon has reported soaring profits this year, including profits of $5.6 billion for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

 

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