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

Verizon Employees Still on Strike

Verizon Employees Still on Strike

This gentleman is now negotiating to take away health care benefits of the Verizon workers, outsource call center jobs to the Philippines, and trying to create a situation where workers will lose their jobs.

Verizon says trained non-union employees will cover for striking workers.

Thousands of workers from Verizon's landline and cable units went on strike Wednesday. "Until then, Verizon workers are sticking together and standing up for their families and to protect all middle-class jobs against excess corporate greed". One of the workers was transported to a hospital while the other did not sustain serious injuries, the union claims.

The strike comes hours after Verizon announced it will be expanding its high-speed FiOS broadband footprint in Boston. "Out of the last four contract cycles, 50 percent of the time we've had a work stoppage". But workers' contract negotiations with Verizon have been stalled for months over the outsourcing of customer service to foreign countries, resulting in the loss of jobs domestically, and the rising expectation that workers must temporarily relocate in order to service distant parts of Verizon's network. "The company is being very stubborn about certain issues that are really important to us", said Liz Null, a computer technician picketing in midtown Manhattan.Corignani said their current contract states the company can't force employees to travel more than 35 miles.

Red-shirted Verizon workers demonstrated again on Friday in front of Verizon outlets, including one on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights.

The striking workers are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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

He followed that up with an explicit demand during the debate for McAdam to negotiate with Verizon workers, telling moderator Wolf Blitzer, "This gentleman makes $18 million a year in salary...." "We have a clause now that they can't just lay anyone off willy nilly and they want to get rid of that", said Collazo, a single father of three children. However, he added, "We fully expect to resume Fios installations in short order".

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