The Communications Workers of America union and Verizon West have agreed to a new three-year contract that promises higher pay, continuing health benefits and more union jobs. Under the new collective-bargaining agreement, workers will receive an 8.25% wage increase over the contract term and will continue to receive free health benefits.
The agreement with Verizon West covers technicians, customer service representatives, line workers, dispatch clerks, accounting clerks and operators who work in California.
The new contract will add 171 new workers to the bargaining unit by bringing in workers employed in other Verizon business units.
The pact also calls for the union and company to discuss ways to reduce the amount of work contracted out to out-of-state and foreign vendors.
The previous contract covered 6,500 workers. Job cuts since 2005 mean the new agreement covers only 5,500 union members.