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Verizon – The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back?

16 Aug

Can You Hear Me Now?

Been wondering for years when exactly the isht was going to hit the proverbial fan in this country. Workers have been disenfranchised in the millions, their jobs outsourced in an economy where even doing all the right things and punching all the right educational and academic tickets is no assurance of a basic wage…

Well… The strike at Verizon may have finally lit the fuse.

Verizon Strike Update: Company Calls in Hundreds of Non-Union Replacements

Verizon called in hundreds of non-union employees and additional management to fill in for striking workers as the work stoppage by unions enters its tenth day.

The company said the replacements are handling customer service and network operational duties.

“We’ve called up hundreds of additional employees in the last few days,” said Verizon spokesman Rich Young.

“Our plan is to do what we have to do to keep our networks running. By and large, 10 days into the strike, our networks are performing solidly.”

Meanwhile, the Communication Workers of America union said that more than 100,000 people have signed a petition asking the company’s chief executive to start serious negotiations with strikers.

The union claims that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is “trying to push Verizon workers out of the middle class.”

Much of the impasse between Verizon and unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, centers on $1 billion in concessions that the strikers claim the company is demanding from them.

Union officials, who say they don’t want to lose their members’ free health care benefits, assert that since Verizon is a very profitable company (and has paid in excess of $258 million over the past four years to five top executives); the workers shouldn’t be forced to make such sacrifices.

“We will never have an economic recovery if profitable companies like Verizon can demand huge concessions from workers,” said CWA Communications Director Candice Johnson.

“You don’t build a middle class by cutting workers’ wages, benefits and standard of living,” she added. “That’s just one reason why Verizon is becoming synonymous with VeryGreedy.”

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in American Genocide, American Greed

 

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2 responses to “Verizon – The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back?

  1. truedat

    August 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    There are 5 big lies that Verizon is trying to get away.

    1.They want you to think that the wireless network is somehow separate from everything else
    and is maintained by little elves or maybe Elvis. The union worker maintains that network.

    2.They want you to think we are on strike because they want us to pay a little of our healthcare costs. The list of things they want take back includes pension,overtime,holidays,wages,etc…

    3.They want you to think that cell phone calls are the only thing that makes them money.I just cant believe they lose money on all these high capacity ckts (from ds0 to OC192 level) keeping Wall Street,hospitals,banks,airports,police and firehouses etc… up and running. And how about FIOS?
    If FIOS is a money loser then Ivan Seidenberg owes the company 80 million dollars in bonus money back! (I personally think it’s a GREAT product that no other company can touch)

    4) When Verizon talks to Wall Street about how things are going they play up how much money their “landline” side of the business is making but now at contract time they want the public to think we are given jobs out of the goodness of the companys heart.

    5)Verizon doesn’t want you to know that they’ve already sent alot of non union American jobs to India and if they bust the union or weaken our “job security” language in the contract they will surely send alot more jobs overseas. How does that help our economic recovery?

    We need to get the truth out there by all means because the 15 second newsbite is not doing justice to what is being fought for.

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  2. nanakwame

    August 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    One of the best craft professional unions in the last 50 years. This speaks volume. Was close to many of it leaders, and had one of the first woman president in NY, an ex-radical.
    The problem began when the techies separated their contract talks with the majority women telephone operators, like the Post Unions and Police Unions did. Second ,landlines are used for data, like I have in my house, and you are right , this acting like their are different CEO sitting on top is crap. Google is doing that with Motorla. Verizon is now more powerful than Ma Bell ever been. Organism have to die for a new, but Unions carried too much BS on TOP. The Metal union fought all the way to 2003 before giving in to women and black craft workers in the hiring halls of Philly.
    We are going to the purely Carft Unions (begot in the Middle Ages) that occurred in Construction, where on a jobs around the Sea Port downtown NY, there are $65 dollars an hr (machinists) with $15 dollar an hr Latinos(non-union) doing the streets, and blacks doing the Stop sign and traffic. With the curves done by a different union. It is amazing to watch. LIUNA is fighting hard against non-union jobs, but when a Constrution Union President (who is doing time now) contracts for the money gave up union jobs for non-union contracts.
    The NY CLC is dead. Unions need to look very careful as we go to Las Vegas, and asked the question – What Now ? Since we were told that the private contracts over the social contracts, would bite us in the ass as far back as the warning Reagan gave us. Wrote a paper for my degree.

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