[H]undreds more members turned out for rallies in Brooklyn, Queens and Rome, NY today. A total of over 40 rallies involving nearly 6,000 members have been held since Monday. The energy and spirit of the members remains high. We will escalate our contract mobilization campaign next week as we intensify our efforts to pressure Verizon for a fair contract. Stay strong, stay united, we will win!
I WAS INVOLVED IN A STRIKE THAT LASTED ALMOST 5 MONTHS. IT WAS LIKE PULLING TEETH TO GET HELP FROM THE UNION. WE HAD A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT ALMOST LOST THEIR HOUSES. WE FIGURED IT TOOK ABOUT 10 YEARS TO RE-COUP THE MONEY WE LOST DURING THE STRIKE. I HEAR ALL THIS TALK ABOUT CHANGING LONG DISTANCE PHONE COMPANIES AND LAUGHTER ABOUT HOW MUCH THIS IS COSTING THE COMPANY. OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE MAKING THESE COMMENTS ARE VERY SHORT-SIGHTED. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME COMPANY WHOSE NAME IS ON YOUR CHECK EVERY WEEK. THE SAME COMPANY THAT (HOPEFULLY) WILL HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDS TO PROVIDE YOUR RETIREMENT. THE UNION RADICALS BETTER STEP BACK AND TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE DOING. IF VERIZON GOES INTO BANKRUPTCY WE ALL LOSE.
The Communications Workers of America reported that 150 employees of Verizon in the western North Carolina area ratified a new contract last night to end a 12-week strike. Workers are expected to return to their jobs on Monday, August 11.
Among key strike issues, the union workers were able to retain their emergency family medical leave provision...Short-term disability provisions also were preserved for current employees...
CWA Local 3673 members also cited burdensome levels of forced overtime when they struck the company on May 19. The new settlement calls for a joint task force to study overtime levels and make recommendations to remedy workers' complaints.
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