For Immediate Release: April 29, 2016

Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann  202-728-6014

IBEW President on Verizon’s Final Contact Offer


IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement regarding Verizon’s final offer to employees.

“From the beginning the IBEW and the Communications Workers of America has been committed to working with Verizon to come to a fair and equitable contract that benefits employees and employer alike.

“Sadly Verizon has refused to compromise on its most extreme demands, like its call to further outsource American jobs overseas, while rejecting our offer to save the company millions in health-care spending without gouging retirees.

“The company’s final offer doesn’t address those concerns and will do nothing to keep good jobs here in America.

 “Real bargaining involves both parties having a real discussion – not a one-side presentation posted online. We believe collective bargaining should be done across the table, not on YouTube.

“It’s time for Verizon to sit down and engage in serious negotiations so my members can get back to work serving their communities.”