Verizon strike: Thousands of workers strike due to failed agreement on new labor contract

By on Aug 7, 2011 in Business, Technology, United States Comments

Thousands of Verizon Communication workers launched a strike on Sunday, August 07, 2011, apparently due to the failure of negotiators to reach an agreement on a new contract.

Verizon workers on strike in Dewitt
on Thursday, August 4, 2011

Image Credit: Morganne M. Atutis/The Post-Standard

As noted at US news sites, around 45,000 workers of Verizon went on strike that day which was noted to be the first company strike in 11 years.

According to reports, most of the workers were represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in different areas in the US.

The Verizon strike includes telephone field technicians, call center workers and cable installers particularly from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions such as Massachusetts and Virginia.

In a report at The New York Times, the strike began at 12:20 a.m. (NY time) on Sunday, with the workers complaining that most of their demands were left on the negotiating table.

“Since bargaining began on June 22, Verizon has refused to move from a long list of concession demands,” the union’ statement was quoted on the report.

“Even at the 11th hour, as contracts were set to expire, Verizon continued to seek to strip away 50 years of collective bargaining gains for middle class workers and their families.” The labor union added.

“It’s regrettable for our employees and our customers” that the two unions “have decided to walk away from the table instead of continuing to work through the issues.” Verizon HR Executive Vice President Mark C. Reed was quoted as saying.

“We are confident that we have the talent and resources in place to meet the needs and demands of our customers.” Reed added, noting that there are thousands of management employees, retirees and others to fit the absence of the workers who joined the strike.

Meanwhile, Verizon said that the strike is not affecting Verizon‘s wireless business but may somehow delay the installation services and repair of the wired or landline phones.

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