August 7th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Verizon workers go on strike

Verizon workers, including call center employees and cable workers, have gone on strike. The move could cause delays in service, according to a report in the New York Times Sunday.

The workers are associated with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who disagree with concessions that the telecommunications company wants to make to employee health care coverage and pension plans. The strike covers workers from Massachusetts to Virgina, the Times and the Huffington Post reports.

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  1. Cesar

    I am Cesar. The world is a Verizon Blackberry, and I am its key board.

    August 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. .

    Great, now my cell phone will quit working, too.

    August 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Employees to Verizon Management: Can you hear me, nah?

    August 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    VERIZON IS SO LAME..

    August 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CNN's Ashley Fantz

    I have down's syndrome and this is the best story i could come up with. The other option was "elmer's glue why does it taste so good?"

    August 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      i dont know why.. still trying to figure out why tanning butter turns my tongue a nice shade of brown when i eat it with pancakes

      August 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. allan

    why cant those self centered verizon morons get back to work so my phone can work.

    August 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike D

      This fight is about the entire middle class. Not just YOUR phone (talking about self centered). If a company making Billions in profit can just take away their employees benefits when will the american working class ever get benefits. It is one thing if verizon was struggling or even if it were only doing good instead of great, but that is not the case. It is not ok to take from me and the other 45000 employees to give the 0 tax paying verizon another billion dollars to put in its mattress. If a company as profitable as verizon can stop paying employees good wages and benefits then no company will and the middle class will look more like poverty and the corporate executives will need bigger mattresses.

      August 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mack

    Keep any job you have, even with concessions.
    Times are bad.

    August 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP MIDDLE CLASS

      You must be another Tea Party nitwit looking to truly destroy this country or just such a beaten down human being like so many other who have some how come to the conclusion that in this country THE LAND OF THE FREE THE HOME OF THE BRAVE WHERE ITS OUR RIGHT AS CITIZENS TO BE TREATED FAIRLY! WHERE AND HOW DID THIS BELIEF GET LOST? WHEN DID EVERYONE JUST LEARN TO ACCEPT WORKING HARD AND HAVING THINGS TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU? WHY SHOULD A COMPANY MAKING BILLIONS IN PROFIT NOT HAVE TO TREAT ITS EMPLOYEES FAIRLY? WHAT HAPPENED TO CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY? WHAT HAPPENED TO DOING WHATS RIGHT? THESE ARE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE BEING BLED FROM EVERY ANGLE AND NOW FROM A COMPANY MAKING RECORD PROFITS IN A DOWN ECONOMY AND TRYING TO USE FALSE TACTICS AND INFORMATION BECAUSE EVERY WORKING CLASS FAMILY IS NERVOUS. GOOD FOR THESE PEOPLE FOR STICKING UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO. MAYBE COMPANIES SHOULD BE GLAD AND PROUD TO HAVE GOOD HARD WORKING CLASS AMERICANS AS EMPLOYEES AND TREAT THEM ACCORDINGLY. THIS IS AMERICA NOT SOME RAT HOLE WITH NO STANDARD OF LIVING AND EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES A FAIR WAGE AND MEDICAL BENEFITS ESPECIALLY IF WORKING FOR A COMPANY SCHEDULED TO MAKE $13BILLION IN PROFIT AND DOESNT PAY ANY TAXES. WAKE UP ITS OK TO STICK UP FOR YOURSELF. IF IT WASNT AND PEOPLE DIDNT DO IT THIS WOULD STILL BE BE AN ENGLISH COLONY!

      August 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      times are bad? that must be why upper management received nearly 300 million$$ in pay last year and verizon's profit is about 2billion PER QUARTER

      August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • VZisGreed

      Yep, Time are bad ... for everyone except the billion dollar corporations. Thats proof right there of what they are trying to do. Get the sympathy of the uneducated so they can continue to strip middle class america. When did the average joe start to roll over and accept having everything stripped from them, to make these profitable companies grow even more profitable. If the employees of verizon roll over on this, the next giant corporation will do the same, and it will keep snowballing. You think we have recession now??? You aint seen nothin yet! Be thankful for the 45 thousand people that are standing up against these bullies, to fight for the middle class.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Concede, concede, concede.
    And then concede some more.
    It's the American way, except with Congress.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HelenHull102951

    I use sprint. Don't care what happens to these verizon bozos. They can stand in the unemployment line for the next 10 years if verizon decides to replace every single one of them. Let them lose their apartments,cars, and whatever they hold dear. I don't care.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP MIDDLE CLASS

      Of course you dont care because your a coward who sits in the back ground while other people fight your battles. YOUNG AMERICANS ARE DYING IN THE MIDDLE EAST SO COWARDS LIKE YOU CAN NOT CARE! THESE HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE AND MYSELF WILL STRIKE SO YOU AND EVERY OTHER COWARD CAN NOT CARE. 2 WORLD WARS WERE FOUGHT BECAUSE COWARDS LIKE YOU DID NOT CARE. THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY HAPPENED SO COWARDS LIKE YOU COULD NOT CARE AND SO YOUR PARENTS COULD AFFORD TO RAISE COWARDS LIKE YOU WHO DONT CARE. ONE DAY YOU WILL HAVE CHILDREN TO WORRY ABOUT AND MAYBE THEN YOU "WILL CARE". MAYBE THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE STRIKE TO HOLD ONTO THE LITTLE BIT THEY HAVE EARNED AND HELP THEIR CHILDREN GET AHEAD MAYBE HAVE A DECENT STANDARD OF LIVING. MAYBE YOUR PARENTS DIDNT CARE ENOUGH TO TEACH YOU THESE THINGS AND THATS WHY YOUR SO IGNORANT BUT FOR US MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE STRIKING AGAINST A COMPANY MAKING $13BILLION IN PROFIT THIS YEAR THAT WANTS TO CUT OUR MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN WE'LL SACRIFICE AS WE ALWAYS HAVE FOR COWARDS LIKE YOU! WE DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES. YOU SHOULD PRAY TO GOD EVERYDAY THAT PEOPLE LIKE US DONT STOP FIGHTING FOR OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES BECAUSE IF WE DIDNT YOUD BE EARNING 33CENTS A DAY AND HAVE NO MEDICAL COVERAGE. THEN AGAIN "YOU DONT CARE" SO WHY MAKE A DECENT WAGE AND HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE? CLOWN! WAKE UP!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      You feel this way because you have Sprint . That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Depending on where you are lady that T1 your cell phone works off may be a Vz circuit get the picture now same with At&t and the rest of the cell companies.So it can affect you to

      August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      helen, i hate to break the bad news to you.., but its all the same medium and probably the same cable...being a verizon tech, doesnt mean we dont service sprint or att plant...there is an ATT cell site down the block from me.. and it uses verizon landline cables for its wireless transmissions etc...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mack

    Wow, Helen.
    I'm conservative, but how about a little compassion, too.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    I like how they call em concessions . Like thats gonna take the sting out .

    August 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gee

    @banasy: Yes ma'am.. The workers give a little then give a little more. A few years down the road they give some more. CEO and congressional pay always seems to maintain with the cost of living and then some, while everyone must take a cut, because times are tough. Maybe if my Verizon phone wasn't made in China then some American could afford all the bells and whistles of a Verizon plan, but instead let's cut more employee benefits.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Hey sista! How ya been?

    August 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Have you workers checked the status of job availibility MAN wished i had a pair between my legs like you people do

    August 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confucius

      @Gung Hizzo: It is better to die with a pair of cajones between your legs then to live without any.

      August 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      gung ho.. have you ever read milton? better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven

      August 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mack

    gung hoe has both eyes open.

    August 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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