This upcoming Tuesday, Verizon workers are scheduled to return to work after more than two weeks of strike. Around 45,000 union members left their posts August 7th, after contract negotiation between the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the company came to a halt two days prior. The union workers and Verizon said that they have reached an agreement although some major issues have yet to be discussed.
A couple days ago we heard news about the recent strike that employees of the wireless company, Verizon Wireless, were leading. After a couple days of striking, no progress seems to have been made and both sides are at a stand-off. Right now, both sides of the strike (employees and company leaders) are firing charges at each other with no progress in site.
On one side, the union members are upset saying that managers and non-union employees have been purposely injuring picketers while driving past picket lines. In one case, a union member had to be hospitalized after being struck in the head by a car’s sideview mirror.
The other side, the managers, complain that there has been an increase in the amount of vandalism and sabotage from finding broken equipment such as purposely cut lines. Also, reports say that picketers have been preventing replacement workers from entering their job site.
Verizon workers wrote an appeal to congress saying, “We ask you to write Verizon President Lowell McAdam and urge him to respect collective bargaining rights.”. Workers also say that they are willing to negotiate with Verizon on many of the issues but Verizon has yet to engage in the bargaining.
Early monday morning, reports say that customers have started to call in about service outages and delays so it seems that Verizon is starting to fall and that managers might want to rethink the picketers needs.
Verizon said that their last strike lasted 18 days in 2000 and cost the company around $40 million.
If you are a customer of Verizon’s land line phone, internet, or television, then it might be safe to say to expect some sort of problems in the very near future.
Earlier today, some 45,000 Verizon employees went on strike anywhere from Washington to Massachusetts because of a failed contract between Verizon and their employees. The contract would have included health care coverage, work rules, and pensions. The two groups involved in the strike are The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Strikers have stated that they will continue until an agreement is met.
If you are a customer of Verizon’s wireless plan, you have nothing to worry about. It is the customers of Verizon’s land line phone and internet service that might encounter problems.
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