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  • jjf5 jjf5 Apr 18, 2012 3:38 PM Flag

    0% Lfe of Contract

    This is called hard bargaining!!! See IBEW 827 for full update. Had to cut this down to fit. Lots more detail on Local sites.

    Regional Bargaining Report #55
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees returned to the bargaining table on Monday April 16, 2012 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. All of the retrogressive demands that the Company had proposed in August still remain on their agenda.

    Wages- The Company offered 0% wage increase for each year. You read that right- the company has no money on the table for wage increases for their employees. The company did make a proposal that would give 0% increase for 2012, 1% for 2013, and 1% for 2014 but that was pulled off the table on March 31st because the Union did not accept their package which contained retrogressive demands which included:

    Health Care Cuts – The Company is not only trying to implement premiums to our plans but they are trying to destroy the health plans that we now have as a benefit. They want to raise deductibles, increase co-insurance, increase out of pocket expenses and add premiums. If a family of four (4) had some doctor bills ($1,000), hospital bills, surgery, anesthesia and in-hospital physician’s bills - $10,000 and also had one emergency room visit ($750), they could have bills that would add up to $11,750. Under our present plan, there is $0 premium, there would be $0 deductible because we have 100% coverage and the out of pocket expense would not kick in because we would not have reached the limit. Under our present plan that family of four (4) would pay a co-pay of $15 for the 5 regular doctor visits and for the 5 preventive care visits there would be no charge. There would be a $15 co-pay for the emergency room visit. The total for the year would be $90.

    Eliminate Pensions:
     Cut pension accruals in half. For anyone currently on the payroll your pension will be capped at 30 years. Beginning October 1, 2012, your pension plan will only accrue at 50 %.
     Eliminate the Pension Lump Sum option.
     Modify the 401(k) Plan and the CPS.
     Eliminate the Sickness Death Benefit.
    Eliminate Job Security:
     Eliminate the Job Security Provisions for all employees.
     Eliminate the Movement of Work Protection
     Eliminate the 35 mile transfer provision
     Eliminate provisions in Force Adjustment Plan
     Eliminate New Contracting Initiatives agreement – which would allow them to increase the level of contracting

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