Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Verizon agreed that no additional jobs will be outsourced overseas, while increasing the number of calls routed to domestic call centers. This will result in the creation of 1,300 new call center jobs. Verizon also agreed to drop its demand that technicians had to be available to travel outside their home areas for up to two months at a time. Also included in the tentative four-year agreement are wage increases of 3% for the first year and 2.5% the year after, no cap on pensions and three 1% increases over the life of the agreement. Competitive health benefits were preserved, along with strong job security language.
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1786, twenty-six journeymen printers in Philadelphia staged the trade’s first strike in America over wages: a cut in their $6 weekly pay.
In 1924, a constitutional amendment declaring that "Congress shall have power to limit, regulate, and prohibit the labor of persons under eighteen years of age" was approved by the Senate today, following the lead of the House five weeks earlier. But only 28 state legislatures ever ratified the amendment—the last three in 1937—so it has never taken effect.
And in 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Harry Truman acted illegally when he ordered the Army to seize the nation’s steel mills to avert a strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Harry Truman
"It is time that all Americans realized that the place of labor is side by side with the businessman and with the farmer, and not one degree lower."