In today’s economy, in large industries and companies, whenever there is an unhappy group of workers, their tendency is to launch a strike in order to achieve what is wanted. Now, a strike may help the cause of the employees in question, but it can have debilitating effects not only on the image of a company, but also on the economy as a whole.
A prime example of such a strike was the one launched by the workers of Verizon that started 45 days ago. Their main objective was to approve and ratify new, four year contracts by both the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The new provisions and the tenets of the contracts were just recently approved.
However, getting the required number of votes was not an easy task and, in fact, it was a very difficult one. It took two weeks of mass meetings to get the full support needed for ratification. Here are a couple of highlights of the new contracts:
- Verizon has agreed that no other jobs would be outsourced overseas (especially to China and India)
- The number of support calls placed by customers of Verizon would be routed towards call centers based here in the United States
As a result, it is highly expected that 1,300 new domestic call center jobs will be created, with 850 of them being in the Mid-Atlantic region and 450 in the Northeast region. It was agreed, also, that there would be a 3% wage increase in the first year the new contracts take effect, followed by 2.5% increases every year, thereafter. Also, health benefits and pensions would be maintained.
According to Dennis Trainor, a vice president at CWA, “The ratification of these hard-won contracts cements an incredible victory for the nearly 40,000 courageous workers who put everything on the line to protect the good jobs for their families and for all American families . . . when working people come together as a union, we can make a difference in improving wages and providing stability for families.” (SOURCE: http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizon-strike-officially-ends-wireline-contracts-approved-both-cwa-ibew-un/2016-06-17).
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