Striking Verizon employee Curt Fox, of Marlton, works as a sales consultant. His worry? Unrealistic sales quotas coupled with a proposed cut in base pay.
Of course, in any job action, the big ticket items, such as healthcare, grab the headlines. Healthcare has been a key issue in the strike against Verizon and one of the reasons that Fox is out on the picket line. But when the dust settles, the day-to-day work rules and compensation details negotiated at the bargaining table tend to matter most as people go about their responsibilities on the job. As I've been covering the Verizon strike, I've been asking folks on the picket line about the work rule issues that matter to them.
From what Fox has heard, there's a proposal to cut base pay for consultants by 30 percent. When they are working, he said, consultants get a base pay plus a bonus for meeting sales goals. "The targets for the bonuses have become higher and higher and unobtainable," he said, although, he, like the others, have some good months and nail the goals.
"Now they want to cut the base pay and make the bonuses contingent on making those goals," he said. He fears the goals will become even more unobtainable, a disingenuous way of creating an even bigger pay cut.