VIDEO of about a dozen Verizon Communications workers protesting near the Verizon offices on South Clifton Avenue this morning after Verizon said it wouldn’t agree to a new contract with its workers. A majority of the workers are field technicians or work in call centers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Verizon Wireless customers are unaffected by the work stoppage.
“Verizon’s not bargaining in any good faith with us”, says one protester. “The corporate greed is just out of control”, he says. “I don’t kno what else to say without getting angry”.
“They made 48 billion last year and they want to get to 50 billion by cutting our pay”, says another worker.
One shirtless worker walked around with a sign which reads, “Verizon took the shirt right off my back”.
The strike is a result of a tough position Verizon took in its attempt to extract concessions from its workers, attempting to change the contract terms to allow it to more easily fire workers, halt pensions, require union workers to contribute to health-plan premiums.
The strike could affect Verizon’s customer support, as well as halt the expansion of its FiOS television service. Cable competitors are reportedly looking to capitalize on the strike.
“We’ll be here every day”, one of the protesters said. TLS-89.