Friday, June 25, 2010

Potomac Region Update

Posted On: Jun 25, 2010 (14:10:06)

Good Afternoon,
This is to update locals on the EISP/Surplus discussions.
The surplus and oversubscribed volunteers will be notified they are accepted or rejected and if accepted will also be advised of their date off the payroll by letters going out in the mail by Monday. The off payroll dates are July 4th and November 21st. Some locals have reported field management has started to verbally advise some members of their status. The company has not agreed to verbally communicate to all members.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


The following is a brief update from the meeting today with Labor Relations regarding the EISP/Article 35.

There was an over subscription for the EISP offering in the surplus areas in the Potomac Region. However, the company did not reach the 12,000 minimum volunteers from the former Bell Atlantic footprint.

The decision as to whether a layoff will occur in Potomac has not been made. Should a layoff occur the off payroll date could be August 21, 2010 or it could be later. The company indicated today it will exercise its option under the Special Offer Agreement to have a second off payroll date in addition to the July 3rd date. The second date has yet to be determined.

The company also indicated it has not been determined as to whether all volunteers for the EISP will be accepted.

It is the company's intent to notify all accepted volunteers by Monday, June 28th. Discussions with the company will continue tomorrow. Source:



The Union and the Company met today to discuss issues surrounding the applications for the enhanced EISP offer. Discussions centered around both the surplus and non-surplus groups. Below is a summary of what will be communicated to those applicants in both groups.


A letter will be sent to the applicants on Saturday 6-26-10 informing him/her as to whether they have been accepted for the offer. This letter will also inform the applicant of a release date of July 3, 2010 or another date in the future.


A letter will be sent to the applicant on Saturday 6-26-10 informing him/her that they will not be released on July 3, 2010 and that discussions with the union are ongoing. This does not mean that the applicant WILL or WILL NOT receive the offer, but that during the next 30 days the union and the company will meet to discuss issues within these non-surplus groups (per the Memorandum of Agreement signed April 21, 2010). Once these discussions have concluded information will be conveyed to the applicant as to whether or not they have been accepted for the offer and if they have been accepted a release date will be announced.

As these discussions continue the Union will update its members with information as it becomes available.