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Letter From CWA to Lowell McAdam

Letter From CWA to Lowell McAdam

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This is a letter from Angel Feliciano, Executive Vice-President of the Communications Workers of America, to Lowell McAdam, President and CEO of Verizon.
This is a letter from Angel Feliciano, Executive Vice-President of the Communications Workers of America, to Lowell McAdam, President and CEO of Verizon.

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Local
1101,
CWA
275
Seventh
Avenue
(17th Floor)
New
York,
NY
10001(212) 633-2666
FAX:
(212)633-8337
E-Mail: fellciano@cwa11
01.org
Angel Feliciano,
Executive
Vice-President
An
open letter
to
lowell
McAdam
In
your series
of
"Hard Hitting"
ads,
you bring up a number
of
valid points,
lowell,
so
let'sdiscuss them.
You
mention
that
our contracts were negotiated when people still used rotary phones.That'strue,
lowell,
you were 7 years old when we negotiated
our
first contract in 1961. But
our
contract
has
grown and evolved
as
the
technology and
the
corporation have grown. Ourcontract
is
the
product
of
many negotiations, many sacrifices, and, yes
lowell,
many cooperativedecisions.
It
is
the
product
of
sweat, and tears, and,
yes
lowell,
blood-
in 1989 one
of
your
scabs
killed one
of
our picketers, do you even know the name Gerry Horgan?
You say
that
Verizon employees should contribute more toward Health care, How many monthshave you spent on a picket line
to
pay
for
those benefits? How many times have you deferredyour wages
to
pay
for
your benefits.Ivan and his wife will get free medical benefits
for
life,probably you
too!
Six
thousand dollars in premiums may not
be
a
lot
to
you, after all,at yourpay rate it's a
few
minutes
of
your time,
but
to
a single parent,
or
a head
of
a householdstruggling
to
meet
their
bills,
to
feed
their
family,
to
care
for
them,
it
could make
the
differencebetween the American Dream
or
the American nightmare. Our children are not born with asilver spoon in
their
mouths, they are born hungry
for
a piece
of
the
American dream.
Yes,
lowell,
a very small number
of
workers get free medical, but,
is
that
something
to
be
proudof?
In
the
world's richest, most powerful country the health care delivery system ranks 37th in
the
world, below countries like
Costa
Rica,
Chile, Cyprus, and Iceland, because
of
greedy peoplelike you.It's
not
something
to
be
proud
of
when workers must choose between needed
treatmentor
paying
their
mortgage,when senior citizens must choose between eating
or
getting
their
needed medications.
You
talk about inflexible work rules, but neglect
to
mention
that
they were
put
in place
to
stopabuses.
Not
one dot,
not
one comma,
not
one sentence in
our
contract was
put
there because
of
your fair and ethical
treatment
of
our
Members.
Yes,
lowell
we have Job security.
Do
youknow why it's there?
Does
incentive regulation mean anything
to
you?
Ask
Ivan about not beingable
to
get
it
without our
help.That was part
of
the price we paid
for that job
security.
Without
it
you and the rest
ofthe
sharks
that
run this company would hire
and
fire at will
to
manipulateyour bottom line, since we know
that
human life means very little
to
the bottom
line.

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