Thursday, October 18, 2012
New deal to replace agreement that expired August 2011 would take effect if unions vote to ratify.
The tentative contract agreement reached last month by negotiators for Verizon Communications and wireline and communications unions for Verizon employees is due for a final vote by union employees this Friday. "All the unions involved with bargaining must complete voting by this Friday," said Bill Huber, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 827 in New Jersey. Huber said he plans to notify the company of the New Jersey IBEW local's results by early afternoon. "If the membership ratifies, then we have a new agreement." In that case, he said, a 2.25 percent raise for the membership, about 6,000 in New Jersey, goes into effect on Sunday. Raises for the new contract, which would replace the agreement that …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Some top stories of the week you may have missed.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, March 24, 2012
In what was our top read story for the past week, accused burglars who allegedly had robbed a home in Warren Township were stopped last Saturday, March 17, on Martinsville Road by a Bernards Township police officer when their vehicle supposedly failed to have a rear license plate. The officer reportedly noted a bag with gloves and jewelry inside, and his questioning allegedly prompted the three men within to speed off, head onto Interstate 78 east, and reportedly exceed 100 m.p.h. before crashing at the ramp leading to exit 40 in Warren Township. The arrests of three men within were announced by the Somerset County prosecutor's office on Monday. On Thursday afternoon, Verizon union employees who expressed discontent with negotiations on a …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Labor leaders say that talks on expired contract are not progressing, and layoffs loom.
Members of two unions representing thousands of Verizon workers in New Jersey had dozens of demonstrators gathered across from the Verizon Center at the end of the work day on Thursday, showing their discontent with eight months of unresolved contract negotiations and pending layoffs. Thursday was a show of support with rallies down through Florida as talks continue on a new agreement to replace a union contract that expired on Aug. 6, 2011, said Bill Huber, president and business manager of New Jersey Local 827 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Workers in red shirts, and an inflated large balloon rat surrounded by signs accusing Verizon of corporate greed, were on property along North Maple Avenue, across from the …