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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Verizon on strike

According to the Communications Workers of America -
After trying for ten months to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.
“We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. “If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom.”
Even though Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years — and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016 — the company wants to gut job security protections, contract out more work, offshore jobs to Mexico, the Philippines and other locations and require technicians to work away from home for as long as two months without seeing their families. Verizon is also refusing to negotiate any improvements in wages, benefits or working conditions for Verizon Wireless retail workers, who formed a union in 2014.
This is a developing story...