The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) issued the following statement on Wednesday evening on the status of negotiations between Verizon, CWA and IBEW. Under the agreement for mediation, all parties must continue to refrain from any public comment on the status of the talks while mediation is in progress. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On Verizon-CWA-IBEW Labor Talks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As of this date, the parties now have been engaged in intensive negotiations for three weeks under the auspices of myself and Director of MediationServices John Pinto. As previously reported, progress continues to be made, but, again, a number of core issues remain to be resolved. Pursuant to the mediators’ recommendation, the parties have agreed to continue their negotiations until concluded.