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wSaturday, August 23, 2003

And if he never calls, I'll always think of him fondly. As an asshole.
- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Now my new favorite show. It is hilarious. I'm downloading as much as I can, as quickly as I can.

I spent the end of yesterday's work hours reading episode summaries from the first three seasons. What's the sudden inspiration?

Earlier this week, my friend Susanna returned from her vacation in Spain. She emailed a few people about a girls' night out, which she'd been considering since watching Sex and the City a couple weeks before. Plus, after a boyfriend-only week in a foreign country, I think she was looking for some space.

I'd seen one episode when Josh and Hernick were here, and the preview for the next cracked me up. Never saw another one, though.

But now I was inspired. Especially post-Thursday night's pseudo-successful exploit. I needed something to make me feel better and less paranoid. I was tired, hungover, and feeling incredibly neurotic. Episode summaries of SatC turned out to be the best solution.

So, out I went to meet the girls at Air, a very cool outdoor club where we danced surrounded by old school federal buildings, just a couple blocks from the White House. And partook in a drink here and there.

Today consists of cigarette-smoking and episode-watching. And thinking that it's time I got back out in the world of dating, or at least socializing in places that don't have round boards to throw pointy objects at.

I had a great time last night, despite the fact that all of my friends were the ones being hit on, and the guys ignored me. I don't blame them, the girls I was with are all pretty hot. But I'm going to the gym and eating better - the weight's starting to come off. Give me a year of consistency - and watch out, DC!

posted by Beatriz at 3:27 PM

wThursday, August 21, 2003

I think I broke Braylen's comments. Oh well. I was clearly on a union-kick yesterday and probably made a one-sided argument.

That's the problem with debates. You can shore yourself up as much as you want, and all it takes is one person who takes one more step back and slams all of your points. I've noticed myself doing it on others' sites, which is why I kind of stopped getting into the commentary.

I'll have a little story for you all later, my faithful audience.*

*Note to self: Must stop letting Lex's habit of talking to his readers influence mine. I feel like a copycat. Think I'll just go back to discussing anime.

That would require actually watching some, first.

posted by Beatriz at 10:47 AM

wWednesday, August 20, 2003

Blah. Just responded to Braylen's comments on his site. I'm rather satisfied by my response. I'm sure he'll find bunches of holes in my ideas, but actually having something to say is a far sight better than my total ignorance of union-related issues.


If I don't even think seriously about work, unions, Verizon, etc. at all for the next week - if I don't ponder my own stance on the whole mess - I'll be incredibly grateful.

Smoky treats and anime, take me away!

posted by Beatriz at 4:32 PM


Granted, this is from CWA's standpoint, this is a newsletter that goes out via email to the people who have signed up. I'm just going to paste a bunch of the good parts. Bolds are my doing.
Yesterday CWA filed a lawsuit in New Jersey U.S. District Court against Verizon. Our complaint charges two Verizon executives with violations of the Omnibus Crime and Safe Streets Act by unlawfully and secretly accessing a private CWA conference call that was by invitation only.

Verizon then used the information they illegally obtained to file a contempt of court action against CWA Executive Vice President Larry Cohen because in this private connection, they allege he said: I hope Verizon can hear us now.

Verizon's wiretapping of a CWA conference call is corporate conduct as low and disgraceful as it gets. It was a common practice 65 years ago before the National Labor Relations Act. In our court case, we have asked for a jury trial. It would be immediate discharge for any employee who accessed a management call and used the information publicly. The company has violated their own code of conduct in this matter.

So, it was kind of interesting that the management, instead of commenting on being caught committing disgraceful and illegal acts, issued a press release in which they expressed their concern that CWA's strategy of the potential customer carrier switch could jeopardize our good union jobs.

It would be a laugh if it wasn't our jobs and our members' lives they were toying with.

What is really at stake?

Last December 3,400 sisters and brothers, men and women with spouses and children, were laid off. We had offered to discuss giving the company concessions to save their jobs.

This same company that now expresses concern for our jobs, in the person of its vice chairman to our president, said: "The bodies must go."

So 3,400 "bodies" went -- and for seven months, most lived a life of hell. Until on July 11, Arbitrator Das ruled that Verizon violated our contracts and the 3,400 must get their jobs back with full back pay. And, they returned to work on July 30.

The day following the arbitrator's decision, the company -- a really graceful loser -- demonstrated their compassion by demanding a change in our job security language so they could once again lay off these same members plus thousands of others.

Your committees have steadfastly refused. We contend -- and the company finally admitted that there is enough work contracted out to eliminate any surplus if brought in-house.

But what did they offer us?

The company will bring in 2,500 DSL jobs now contracted out, but the union has to give up our job security and permit the company to lay off.

Obvious question: Why would there still be a need for layoffs with these new DSL jobs?


Management is in disarray. Their year-long strategy, developed by outside consultant Dr. Manheim, is not working. It is not working largely because we did not act as Dr. Manheim predicted we would.
(I've read the Manheim report. It's a riot, written by a big-business university researcher who wrote in a vacuum - and the wishful world of Seidenberg. It flat out says that Verizon should come up with their own spin on everything, make sure to tell reporters and anyone who asks, this "new history" - until it becomes the truth by repetition.)
  • We did not strike, costing the company $5 million each day to maintain the scab standby workforce.

  • They believed the unity of CWA and IBEW would fall apart. It is stronger than ever.

  • They believed our unity would weaken; that longer service employees would abandon less senior workers; that techs wouldn't worry about service rep and operator services work being consolidated anywhere management saw fit; and no one would care about retirees.

    That's what Mr. Seidenberg and company were told would happen. They do not have the slightest understanding of trade union solidarity.

    They also did not expect us to make competition work for us. These are the first negotiations where customers have a choice. So, unlike the past, if we went on strike -- and we, of course, still may, customers will find it easy to go elsewhere as soon as service deteriorates.

    If we have the ability to better control the customer movement from Verizon while our members continue to work, it makes good sense to do so.

    And, it is working. The company's attack on our strategy is evidence of the pressure they are feeling.
  • I can't help but think, that Verizon is shooting itself in the foot. The U.S. has a business/Republican oriented government (when it's not focused on the Middle East, at least) that would've backed the company up against anything the unions wanted to do. All they had to do was be careful and quiet, and not let the public really know what they were doing.

    Instead, they aired the diner ad, with "Charlie" and his $70,000 salary and incredible benefits. That commercial was aired during evening hours, during happy hour; the first time I heard it, at Giorgio's with the Redhead, I threw a fit and started spouting Verizon statistics. The benefits lauded in the commercial? That's what Verizon is pushing to take away. The $70k salary? Bullshit. That's top craft in NYC.

    No one cared what the unions were planning to do. Hell, people still don't care, but the childishness on both sides is getting more and more attention. Even if it's just lil' me posting on my page to my captive audience of 2.

    Work is certainly more interesting, these days.

    posted by Beatriz at 2:42 PM