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Verizon employees end strike, but don't have a deal yet

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Verizon employees end strike, but don't have a deal yet
If you live anywhere near a Verizon store (and not many in America are that far from a Big Red outpost), you'll probably have noticed that Verizon employees have been on strike since August 7th. In all 45,000 Verizon employees representing 2 separate unions have been on strike, but that is all over now. 

The strange thing is that the unions and Verizon do not yet have a new contract signed. A statement from Communications Workers of America, one of the unions involved, says that there is an agreement on how the sides will proceed with negotiations. CWA also says that major issues remain, but the issues have become more "focused and narrowed". 

So, Verizon employees are back to work, and, according to Verizon, they will work under the same terms of the contract that expired on August 6th until a new deal is signed. 

sources: CWA & Verizon via WoodbridgePatch

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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:51

1. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


First. Got here b4 the Deal. /flex.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 09:43 2

2. Gawain (Posts: 338; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Phonearena, the only VZ workers that were on strike were on the eastern seaboard, primarily the former Bell Atlantic wireline service areas (New England down through parts of Virginia and DC). Verizon Wireless (Verizon Communications' subsidiary) did not have any workers on strike. Given that VZW has umpteen-million more retail outlets than VZComm, it's highly unlikely that very many people saw any workers on strike, even within the affected service areas.

Also, the main reason why the employees ended their strike was because they risked losing a number of their benefits in the process.

The union and the employees made the right decision. With the economy in the toilet and unemployment as high as it is, VZComm could have easily rode this out. The union could have recognized this, asked for a one-year extension of the current agreement in light of those circumstances and return to the table for formal negotiations later, with a stronger hand (given whatever economic conditions at the time). But, to come to the table with a business entity that has documented contraction of revenues, services and customers and demand more...in a coming double dip recession...it's proof positive that the unions' sole focus is not on the employees' well being.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 12:58

3. JAckJOnes (unregistered)


Gawain you are very misinformed and you are posting your misinformation without knowing the facts. What you are posting is definitely not why the strike ended and there is a possibility of the strike resuming if both sides dont come to an agreement by next month September 20th.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 19:16

6. Gawain (Posts: 338; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


http://online.wsj.com/video/verizon-strikers-to-return-to-work/BAC3E181-6DE5-44C7-A180-E409FE9DD7B4.html?KEYWORDS=verizon+strike

Read, watch and learn.

The unions were going to lose health benefits at the end of August and the strikers were going to have to go on COBRA.

Believe the union spin all you want. They're outgunned this time around - economically and politically.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 14:16

4. Droidlova (unregistered)


Hey, I sell cars but nobody is buying however the service dept is doing really good so therefore I shouldnt have to concede any benefits and none of us should get layed off or get our hours cut. How dare does a business threaten to do that?
I guess the union,realized that the managers called in could handle the load and realized they better go back to work. I feel bad fot the workers thay get brainwashed by the union and loose track of today'reality.

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