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On-Loan and THC Issues

Since a lot of questions have arose as to why we are addressing the issue with the employees on loan to other departments and those THC’ing to a higher classification or to management, we felt it was necessary to explain here to eliminate some confusion.

In Article XV of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between IBEW LU 824 and Verizon, Section 2, Paragraph 2.1 states the following:

The selection of employees for temporary assignment(s) will be made by
management. Effective January 1, 2006, temporary assignments may be for up
to one hundred eighty (180) days on a calendar year basis. (P.43)

Article XV, Section 4, Paragraph 4.1 states the following:

    The selection of employees for temporary assignment(s) will be made by
management. Temporary assignment(s) may be for up to one hundred eighty
(180) days on a calendar year basis. (P.44)


We feel the Company likes to pick and choose which part of the contract that they want to abide by and only if it is convenient for them.  In case you were not aware, we had 14 Fiber Network Field Technician’s (FNFT) laid off in the Southern Division on June 25th, 2009.  On a continuous basis, we have Contractors doing our construction work while Cable Splicers are temporarily assigned to the CZT II classification.  We also have FNFT’s working in the CZT II classification on a daily basis.

The 180 days was negotiated to prohibit the Company allowing the same employee or employees to work in a different job title instead of performing the functions within their own job title.  With the surpluses being announced, we need to know what job titles, if any, have vacancies that we may be able to fill with employees who have been declared surplus. 

We have been notified that several ACOM's are in the process of bringing employees back to their regular work group and we will continue to press this issue until the Company lives up to the language WE negotiated together.