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COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL 1108, PATCHOGUE, NY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 DON DUNN SPEAKING

CWA AND VERIZON HAVE COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON THE PSC SERVICE QUALITY PROCEEDING.  THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE CWA CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS POOR SERVICE QUALITY AND COPPER ABANDONMENT ISSUES.  THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT IS PENDING PSC APPROVAL.  SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE:

VERIZON IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE 64,000 DOUBLE POLES STATEWIDE OVER THE NEXT FOUR (4) YEARS.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLANT PRIDE PROGRAM WHICH ENABLES TECHS TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF BAD PLANT AND EQUIPMENT CONDITIONS ANYWHERE IN THE STATE TO A COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM.  VERIZON IS REQUIRED TO ADDRESS AT LEAST 75% OF SUCH CONDITIONS WITHIN 30 DAYS.  COMPLIANCE OF THIS PLAN WILL BE REPORTED TO THE PSC.

VERIZON WILL INCREASE THEIR BROADBAND BUILD OUT TO MIDSTATE, UPSTATE AND LONG ISLAND.

THERE WILL BE 200 ADDITIONAL WORKERS HIRED TO COMPLETE POLE REMOVAL WORK THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT RESOLVE ALL OF THE ISSUES WE ARE FACING HOWEVER IT IS A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERY ONE FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT WAS DONE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.  OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ALL OF THE PETITION DRIVES, RALLIES, CALLS TO POLITICIANS, TOWN HALL MEETINGS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HAVE LEAD TO HELP GET DOUBLE POLE LEGISLATION, FIOS ON FIRE ISLAND, AND NOW THIS AGREEMENT.  WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF IMPROVING CUSTOMER SERVICE, PROVIDING HIGH SPEED BROADBAND TO ALL CUSTOMERS, AND MAINTAIN AND CREATE GOOD JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITY.  ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU.

TONIGHTS REGULARLY SCHEDULED CHIEF MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE IMPENDING BAD WEATHER.  

THERE IS A REGULARLY SCHEDULED GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 AT THE VFW HALL IN CENTEREACH AT 6:00PM.

REMEMBER TO WEAR RED ON THURSDAYS, TO WORK SAFE, BE ON THE JOB, DO A UNION QUALITY JOB, AND DO YOUR OWN JOB.  THANK YOU FOR CALLING.