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VZ New England Work & Family Committee Update

Newf_logoIn light of the Covid-19 situation, we have had to make some adjustments to the DCRF program for the month of March. We are extending the due date for March DCRF monthly forms to May 8th, the same date as April’s expenses monthly form is due. We will be processing both March and April forms at the same time to be paid out on the usual date of May 29th.

If you are utilizing Verizon’s Crisis Care administered through Bright Horizons for a relative to care for your child and you are receiving reimbursement through that program, you are not eligible for DCRF reimbursement. Also as a reminder, you must be working to receive DCRF reimbursement.

No one is currently in the NEW&F office at this time although, as stated on our voice mail message, we are available at this email address (newenglandworkandfamily@verizon.com) daily. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this email or any of our programs.

Thank you,
New England Work & Family Administration

IBEW, CWA & VZ Reach Bonus Agreement

The IBEW & CWA have negotiated a new Bonus Agreement with Verizon for employees who are not eligible to work from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Under the agreement, members who are unable to work from home will receive a weekly bonus of $300 per week.  This amount may be renegotiated, but will not be less than $300 per week.

Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medically diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.

We are pleased Verizon shares the concern we have for our members and is willing to offer these bonuses to union members who perform the dangerous work of keeping the network intact, and keeping our neighbors, state and local government, and businesses connected during this crisis.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

Monthly Union Meetings Canceled

meeting-cancelledDue to the Covid-19 Pandemic, both the Morning Informational Meeting
&
Monthly Union Meeting
scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st
have been canceled.

The Executive Board Meeting will be held via video conference. Please call the Union office if you have any questions. Stay Safe – Hang Tough!

Covid-19 Pandemic Response

The IBEW & CWA have been working hard with Verizon to reach agreements to protect our members, while at the same time maintaining our network. We have made the following agreements:

 

Work from Home:

Members who work an inside desk job, who have the required broadband service at their residence, who requests to work at home, have been allowed to do so.  At this time, more than 90% of eligible employees have chosen to work from home. If you have any issues, please call the Union office.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Leave of Absence: 

Members may be eligible for a LOA related to COVID-19 for up to 26 weeks. There are 4 scenarios for this leave:

  1. For those medically diagnosed with COVID-19
  2. For those with an underlying condition (their own or a household member) who are unable to work from home.
  3. For those with childcare or eldercare issues
  4. For those caring for a person diagnosed with COVID-19

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

How to Apply for a Covid-19 LOA

 

To apply for a Leave of Absence from a company computer, tablet or phone,
access the COVID-19 Resource Page on the VZ E-Web.

 

If you are unable to access the VZ E-Web use one the links below:

 

 

Effective April 16, 2020 – COVID-19 – Community Medical Support Leave

  • In light of federal, state, and municipal calls for medically-trained individuals to support in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Company will enable medically-trained associates (e.g., doctors, nurses, EMT’s) providing such medical support to take a leave of absence in one week intervals of up to 8 weeks with pay at their basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks with pay at 60% of their basic hourly rate (subject to termination at any time during the 26 week period if/when the associate ceases or curtails work supporting the COVID-19 response effort.)
  1. Gather the necessary documents to support your application. You will need to upload documents verifying the following with your request for leave: 
    1. Your medical certification
    2. Call for Community Medical Support (advertisement, letter, etc.)
    3. Confirmation of acceptance at a facility in alignment with the Call for Community Medical Support
    4. Name and location of the facility where you will be providing medical services
    5. Description of medical services you will be providing while on leave
    6. Confirmation of pay/non-pay 
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Community Medical Support Leave Request form and attach the above documentation.
  3. You and your supervisor will be notified within 24 hours of decision.  

If approved and once you complete your assignment providing COVID-19 Community Medical Support, Verizon will require that you work from home for 14 days before returning to Verizon facilities. If you are unable to work from home, please notify your HR Business Partner, and they can work with you to implement a 14-day quarantine leave.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

 

 

Home Garaging:

Eligible employees may be allowed to bring their work vehicles home.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Bonus Agreement:

The IBEW & CWA have negotiated a new Bonus Agreement with Verizon for employees who are not eligible to work from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Under the agreement, members who are unable to work from home will receive a weekly bonus of $300 per week.  This amount may be renegotiated, but will not be less than $300 per week.

Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medically diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Agreement for 401k Withdrawl without penalty:

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement

 

 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Agreement:

The Company will offer employees a one-time waiver of the repayment obligation under the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) for employees enrolled in a course(s) with an end date from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, who drops, fails or withdraws from a course(s) due to a COVID-19 related reason. The cost of these courses will not be applied against the annual tuition cap.
Employees seeking the waiver will be required to complete a COVID-19 TAP One-Time Waiver request form.

Please CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 TAP FAQ

 

 

We will continue to keep you updated as things change.  Please call the Union office with any questions or problems. 617-929-6000.  HANG TOUGH!

VZ Announces Payout Dates

Verizon has informed the Union that the bonus & award payouts will be made to eligible employees on the following dates:

CPS – The Corporate Profit Sharing Award for 2019 is $829, and will be paid on March 6th. The award will be pro-rated for part-time employees and those employees who worked at least 3 months but less than 12 months in 2019.

Attendance – The Attendance Bonus for 2019 will be paid March 6th. Eligibility is covered in the Absence From Duty article in the contract.

RSU Special Award – The Restricted Stock Unit Special Award is $1,621.52 and will be paid on March 20th.

2020 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament – Rescheduled

PLEASE NOTE-THE JACK O’SHEA GOLF TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

The 2020 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament is fast approaching. This annual event is the largest fundraiser we have to benefit the IBEW Local 2222 Benevolent Fund. This year’s tournament, originally scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020, has been rescheduled to Friday, September 11, 2020 at The Franklin Park – William Devine Golf Course, Dorchester.  

Last year’s tournament sold out – so be sure to register early.

The cost of a foursome is $500, and individual golfers are $125.

The tournament includes a round of golf with a cart, a gift, and a delicious buffet lunch.

Please click HERE to register to golf   AND/OR   HERE to become a sponsor

 

 

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