Contributed by John Mason, Friend of JLC
Workers at Verizon, who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have gone on strike for increased wages an end to the outsourcing of their jobs, and to continue job security protections. Other demands include the continuation of benefits for workers injured on the job and an end to the company requiring its technicians work away from home, away from their families, for two month periods . This strike comes after ten months of negotiations with the company, which has made profits of $39 billion over the past three years.
These are the people who lay out the wires for the telephone and fiber-optic lines, and who repair the lines if they are damaged in all types of weather; who answer your call if you have a technical problem with your internet or cable; and who process the bills. They also have families to take care of, with their own bills and groceries to pay for. These are the people who really make Verizon work, not the CEOs or hedge fund managers. They have come together to fight for their rights and their benefits, for themselves and future generations of workers, just as workers have done in the past.
To find out what you can do for Verizon workers, contact:
CWA Local 13000
2124 Race street, 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103