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Avaya Bargaining Report #10

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May 20, 2009

CWA meetings with representatives of the Company are becoming shorter in duration as we move closer to midnight Saturday, May 23.

The shortness can be attributed to Union proposals being returned from the Company virtually rubber stamped, "Company rejects."

The most current list of rejections of previously Union-submitted proposals center around increase of payments associated with travel, per diem and moving expenses.  Also rejected was increased flexibility of Excused Work Days, increase in vacation time, recognition of Martin Luther King Day and recognition of Veterans Day.  Union attempts to address the concerns of term employees in the call center environment have fallen on deaf ears as well.  The Union is awaiting response on data regarding outsourcing of Denver bargaining unit work to India and Singapore that the Company maintains does not transpire.

This afternoon the CWA bargaining team passed proposals to the Company around Absence as it applies to the call center, Funeral language and improved Safety language.

Props to the Oklahoma City Call Center for their Mobilization activities and support.

In spite of Avaya's calloused attitude toward our members and their families' needs, CWA will continue to bargain to achieve a fair and equitable agreement.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2009 21:58 )

CWA Avaya Bargaining Report #9

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May 19, 2009


The Union and the Company met today to discuss previously passed language around concerns expressed through bargaining demands received from the membership.

Representatives of the Company maintain that many of the items brought to the table by CWA simply do not exist in the real day to day workings for our members.   A short list of responses by the Company referred to GPS monitoring not being utilized for discipline, no outsourcing of bargaining unit work to India and providing paid sleep time for members that have worked excessive hours throughout the night.

At this point, our dealings with the Company representatives have not yielded the results for which we had hoped.  Your bargaining team is experienced and is aware of the concerns and needs of the membership, including what happens in the work place every day.    The Company is in denial of the reality we bring to the table.

CWA and the bargaining team will continue to fight for the members' work environment and future as well.

We will keep you updated as the final week of bargaining progresses.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2009 08:11 )

CWA Avaya Bargaining Report #8

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Greetings:  1 week left

Today CWA rejected and countered several of the retrogressive proposals the Company passed last week.  Although we have had several meetings this week, Avaya has not made any serious proposals, making it extremely difficult for a fair and equitable agreement to be reached by the deadline.  The Company wants to shift the cost of healthcare to all employees, retirees and actives.  They claim it is due to the economics of today; but with the same breath, they have made an official bid to buy Nortel Enterprise Systems.  Concessions in Healthcare are unacceptable.

As the early days of bargaining unfold, it appears the Company has decided to take a hard line everywhere.  As members we must let the Company know we are willing to do whatever is necessary to maintain our standard of living and protect our hard-fought wages and benefits.  CWA and its membership have continued to help Avaya establish itself in the business community, and we want to be part of its future.  To expect anything less is not acceptable.

Because of the lack of effort by the Company to hear our message, we are asking all our members and Locals to move forward with a strike vote.  It's important that Avaya hear us loud and clear.  We built Avaya, and we will fight to protect our jobs and benefits.  A strong message with a YES STRIKE VOTE will let the Company know how serious we are in our resolve.  It is imperative that you let management know that you stand in unity with the Bargaining Team and will do whatever it takes to achieve a fair contract.


In Unity,
CWA-Avaya Bargaining Team,

Billy Bates, Chair
Ruth Marriott, Staff
Art Frindt, Local 4340
Kevin Kimber, Local 6016
Richie Meringolo, Local 1101
Phil Pennington, Local 4320

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2009 14:16 )

CWA Avaya Bargaining Report #7

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May 14, 2009


CWA and Avaya met in subcommittee to go over the Healthcare data.  CWA identified several areas of concern

in the Company's data.

This afternoon, in the Customer Care subcommittee, the Company responded and rejected several of the Union's


The Bargaining team needs to hear from you. It's now or never.

In Unity! 

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 May 2009 14:11 )


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Avaya Strike Authorization Vote

May 12, 2009

Avaya Strike Authorization Vote


To:  All CWA Locals Representing Avaya
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2009 20:19 ) Read more...

Avaya Bargaining Report #4

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May 8, 2009

Today your CWA Bargaining Team continued to prepare Counter Proposals to Avaya's insulting and retrogressive proposals. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:13 ) Read more...


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Avaya Bargaining Report #2 & 3

May 6, 2009 & May 7, 2009 

Today the Company presented its first economic proposal to CWA.  All proposals presented were retrogressive in their entirety.  For example:  Avaya management actually passed a demand that all members be laid off without pay for two weeks.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:14 ) Read more...

Avaya Bargaining Report #1

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May 5, 2009


Today, May 5th at 10:00 a.m., was the official opening of the CWA-Avaya Bargaining.  The CWA Bargaining Committee Chair is Bill Bates.  The committee members are:  Ruth Marriott; Art Frindt; Kevin Kimber; Richie Meringolo; and Phil Pennington.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 May 2009 10:01 ) Read more...


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Our current CWA Bargaining Agreement with AVAYA expires Saturday 11:59 PM, May 23, 2009. 

The Bargaining team will start preliminary negotiations on May 5, 2009. We must watch closely

the progress of these negotiations and do what is asked of us through Mobilization. Working

together we will receive a Fair and Just Contract. 


Bargaining Team:

Ralph Maly, VP - C&T

Billy Bates, AVP - CWA

Lois Grimes, Assistant to the VP - C&T

Martha Flagge, Staff - C&T

Richie Meringolo, Local 1101 - NY, NY

Kevin Kimber, Local 3204 - Atlanta

Phil Pennington, Local 4320 - Columbus

Art Frindt, Local 4340 - Cleveland

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 May 2009 14:05 )
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