[I]ndustry observers say that unless a strike drags on, disruptions may be limited because the sluggish economy has held down business expansion and the widespread use of cell phones has reduced reliance on land lines.
Neither side was voicing optimism yesterday, with the unions saying that 78,000 workers would walk out at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow if no new contract was reached by then.
The strike would involve workers in states from Virginia to Maine. It is not expected to affect regular phone service, but might cause delays in installing new phone lines.
With only hours now until the expiration of our contract we are still where we started, which is to say that we have not accepted a single concessionary demand. With so little time left, we are on course for what we've always known; this contract will be won in the fight,
In a few more hours this battle will be completely in the hands of our members, and our contract and our Unions could not be in better hands.
Special Instructions to MOBILIZERS - NORTH: "Shock and Awe"
COLOR US UNITED
Friday, August 01, 2003
RED ON THURSDAY, BLACK ON FRIDAY
08-02 AT MIDNIGHT WILL BE OUR DAY!
SOLIDARITY WILL BE STRONG,
WE'LL STAND TOGETHER ALL DAY LONG.
"THANK YOU FOR CALLING VERIZON"
THEY WILL SAY, WHILE OUTSIDE WE
STILL MARCH AWAY! "HOW MAY I HELP
YOU?" THEY WILL ASK, BUT STILL OUTSIDE
WE SHALL LAST.
DAY AFTER DAY, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.
WE WILL NOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT!
WHILE THEY SLEEP WELL IN THEIR BEDS
THE LOSS OF BENEFITS ROLL THROUGH
CWA WE MUST STAND TALL,
AND IN THE END THEY WILL FALL!!!
"NO GIVEBACKS" WE WILL SHOUT
AND RAVE---JUST STAND TOGETHER
AND BE BRAVE!!!!!!
Officials from Verizon and its two unions are trying to work out a deal before with federal mediators before a deadline set for Sunday. And though industry observers are expecting another strike like the one that hit the nation's largest phone company in 2000, the impact of a strike this time around is likely to be different. Why? When management and labor sat down at the negotiating table 3 years ago, the fight was over how to split up the bounty of a brand-new company. Now, in this post-boom telecom industry, they’re said to be fighting over who loses the least. Since Verizon’s only ace in the hole may be wireless, its local phone workers may not have a strong hand to play at the bargaining table.
Verizon has trained its white-collar workers to handle union tasks such as installing telephones, climbing telephone poles to repair lines, and fielding customer service calls.
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