Friday, April 15, 2016

Verizon: Workers 'walk the line' in Wellsville

The strike against Verizon is noticed in Wellsville. The workers, who support services in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, proudly walked the picket line Friday afternoon. Strikers were restricted to expressing the union stance...but passersbys seemed to support the group. According to CNN, this is the largest strike in the United States since Verizon workers last walked off the job in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That strike involved 45,000 workers.

Most of the striking workers service the company's landline phone business and FiOS broadband network -- not the much larger Verizon Wireless network. They have gone without a contract since August, and their union, the Communication Workers of America, says it is fighting to get Verizon to come to the table with a better offer.
The union's list of complaints is a long one: Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers in Mexico, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. Verizon is hiring more low-wage, non-union contractors, the union says.