Verizon staff will strike tomorrow, but company is ‘fully prepared’
Over 36,000 Verizon employees are due to strike tomorrow over a dispute about contracts, but Verizon has said that it’s “fully prepared” to serve its customers and has been preparing for such an event.
The unions representing the employees — the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — say the disputed contracts expired in August 2015 and cover east coast Verizon workers. Both unions have been attempting to secure a “fair contract” for ten months, but the strike will proceed at 6am tomorrow if a fair agreement hasn’t been attained.
“We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. “If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom.”
Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years, so it’s little surprise employees are looking for their cut. The CWA claims Verizon desires to “gut” job security protections, contract out more work, offshore jobs to Mexico, the Philippines and other locations and require technicians to work away from home for as long as two months without seeing their families.