Published: Sun, April 17, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

No Progress On Verizon Strike Front

No Progress On Verizon Strike Front

A judge signed an injunction in the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday pertaining to the ongoing Verizon workers' strike that states no more than six spaced picketers can stand outside Pennsylvania Verizon office entrances at a given time, reports. Unions "are ready and eager to get back to the bargaining table if Verizon executives are ready to get serious about negotiations", they said in a statement.

"We do have a bit of a delay", said Tami Erwin, Verizon's Group President - Consumer and Mass Business Sales and Service, said.

As part of Verizon's business continuity plans, starting immediately, trained non-union employees will cover for striking workers and provide customers with the support and assistance they need and expect.

"We're exhausted of fighting with the company", Panzerino said. He was showing solidarity with 39,000 workers on the East Coast who walked off the job earlier Wednesday.

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Todd Maisel New York Daily News The incident came as roughly 40,000 workers from the telecommunications giant strike along the East Coast

From the ground, the workers said they had been waiting for more than 10 months for Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to address their needs. "People out there are begging for this service, and we're going to keep fighting for broadband build-out in the entire Verizon footprint". Reed claims Verizon has been working diligently since last June trying to reach agreements that would be good for employees and good for customers while making the wireline business more successful overall.

Tens of thousands of Verizon workers walked off the job at 6 a.m. Wednesday in hopes of pressuring the telecom company to strike a better bargain with union leaders.

"Unfortunately", Reed said, "union leaders have their own agenda rooted in the past and are ignoring today's digital realities". The question of federal mediation is a distraction to the real problem: Verizon's corporate greed. "Calling a strike benefits no one, and brings us no closer to resolution". "We're working hard with customers to prioritize fix above activations and provisioning because we owe that to our existing customers". The strikers, many Verizon technicians for decades, see a more aggressive approach in selling FiOS and improving fiber-optic networks as providing security to themselves and quality service to the community. [Rooney also complained that Verizon wants to freeze pensions in 30 years even though it makes multiple billions of dollars a year in profits.] "I don't know how they're crying poverty".

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