Verizon, Local 824 Reach Agreement
September 2005 IBEW Journal
A full-scale membership mobilization and an effective media campaign were key levers in an August 5 tentative agreement between 4,500-member Tampa, Florida, IBEW Local 824 and Verizon. The proposed contract, which was subject to final ratification on August 27 (after the press date for this issue), includes significant improvements in job security, wages and benefits and scheduling flexibility.
The work scheduling and job security issues were at the forefront of the local’s mobilization efforts. “It was a sea of red on Thursdays and black on Fridays” says Local 824 Assistant Business Manager Doug Sellars, describing the membership’s response to the solidarity-building T-shirt days prior to the contract’s expiration on August 1.
For further details on the agreement and Local 824’s mobilization for bargaining, read this August 15, 2005 story.