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. banasy

    *Facepalm*

    August 8, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. joel weinberg

    Fire em all.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Great Idea! Then you can do their jobs for half pay and no benefits and no pension and the verizon execs can pad their pockets with a few more millions. How much profit does a company need to make before the employees can keep a fair share? Apparently 6 Billion is not enough in your opinion.

      August 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny robinson

      Joel blessed us with his ignorance. If it was his job in question ,his contract gains that were being threatened, he would sing a different tune.. Better yet, he would be the first one to cross the picket line ....karma Joel.

      August 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      if you enjoy crappy pay, no pension, paying into your beneifts etc while the top brass get that for free.. thats fine.. but dont ask us or expect us to stoop to your level...either you climb up to ours or step off

      August 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hank

    I'm glad we had our Fios hooked up last Friday just before the strike...love it so far....direct tv and having a dsl computer line sucked. I just hope it stays that way and I don't have to be on the phone all day trying to get someone to help me.

    August 8, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      Hank I'm glad your enjoying your FIOS service and did get in right before the strike! It really is a good product. Let's just hope you don't need a service visit in the near future since verizon is scheduling those several weeks out.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Denise Squillante

    In this day of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs....why do people have to be forced out on strike for a very large and wealty company to be fair with them. My son works for Verizon for the last 25 yrs and for the last two months he has been sweating this strike happening. This wealthy company that just recently gave the top exec billions of dollars in bonuses and where they receive millions in annual salary want to take everything away from the long time dedicated middle class workers and give nothing. They didn't have a choice but to strike, all 45,000 of them. They want to take back their pensions, make them pay thousands a year in there medical , retrack vac time, reduce holidays....etc etc etc...there are numerous other requests with between 70-100 on the table., This is whats wrong with the jobs today, CORPORATE GREED, many companies could well afford to hire these out of work people but why should they if they have less people doing the work of two people, some working not 40 but 60 and more hrs to get the work done. And those poor people are afraid to say anything or there jobs will be in jeopardy as well...when is this trend going to end,.....PLEASE PLEASE report on this and like stories....shame these big corporate people who are also US Citizens....help them remember that.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • urallidiots

      No one FORCED them to strike. They chose to strike because the unions are so arrogant and myopic that they believe, in an environment with unemployment pushing 10%, they have negotiating leverage for a worker base that can be replaced in a matter of weeks. Sorry, when you bring no special skills to the table, you are easily replaced. Ask the average out of work American whether or not they would take that 75K per annum Verizon job for 65K. Sorry union idiots, compensation should be determined by free markets, not collusive price-fixing collective bargaining.

      August 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      @Urallidiots, what makes you think that the average employee working a regular work week makes $75k or even $65k a year? Get your facts before making comments.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mac

    article forgot to mention that Verizon is making a lot of money and that the company is using the economy as an excuse to dissolve the unions so the executives can keep raising their wages, while the workers lose their benefits. Verizon financial

    * 2011 annualized revenues are $108 billion and annualized net profits are $6 billion.
    * Verizon Wireless just paid its parent company and Vodaphone a $10 billion dividend.
    * Verizon’s top five executives received compensation of $258 million over the past four years.

    All these corporations bottom line is to make money and is good for them the problem is that only executives get to keep most of it. Ask yourselves why our country is on financial crisis? is because all this corporations are driving the country down by making all this money and not sharing it with they hard working employees. therefore erasing our middle class and driving our lower class even lower.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason Robbins

    I'm all for making a profit, but is it really going to hurt to take a lil off the top to help the people that drive the business? Take care of your employees!!

    August 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      Thank you Jason for your rational way of thinking.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pmk1953

    I thought every union should have walked out when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers. But nobody wanted to take a hit. If we'd have all walked out then, thing would probably be better now. The unions gave us a middle class. As the membership has declined so has our standard of living. We need more not less unionization. We're headed back to the 1800's. The owner makes all the money and the worker get sh!t on every way. If things don't change we're going to have our own uprising.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    I am a union supporter. I know if CSnSC is reading this, it is no surprise to him. He's out fishing or giving out checks. But if the people even without jobs support the unions it will be the best thing they can do, so when they get back to work they have benefits. The republicans have waged war on the middle class and we need to push back. Let the strike go on and when they decide it is the millionaire and billionaire CEO's that should go or take a substantial wage cut, then go back to work, cut the profit of the company, or let Verizon go by the wayside and someone else start up another company to replace them. If they do not have the engines to make it go, middle class, then the ceo's have no reason to be there. Take a little piece of my heart now baby, you know you got it, cha if it makes you feel good. If you support every union in this way, the large unions with many people, we can keep the benefits that mean the most. The smaller private business' will be able to keep what they have. We will live in a china state, with sweat shops and the whole nine yards if we keep giving in to big Business. What happened in Wisconsin was a symptom of crimes to come against the american working class. Kock Bros. are all over the USA, and they are bringing down the job markets with sub-standard job benefits and wages. It will be the smaller businessmen and women we support not the wealthy take till it hurts nutjobs. Buying Walmart is buying from China, you support inhumane working conditions if you buy Walmart. The big business is bringing workers to their knees. until they know we are willing to bring them to their knees, a strike means nothing. So if your contract is up with Verizon do not renew it. Solidarity my friends, we are one, we are the engines that can.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nort

    They're already getting better benefits than half the companies I know, seems crazy to strike. They chose to work for a corporation, not a mom and pop place with profit sharing deals. They're arguing for guaranteed job security yet most of the places they are in are fire at will states. The only corporations I know with guaratneed contract terms like that are state and federal jobs, or in the priovate sector they are positions with no benefits at all. These people need to suck it up. They may need to demand a better internal structure for employee incentives, but in my opinion the existence of the union makes it impossible to have that. If you want to work with the employer to guarantee your work is appreciated and you're incentivized, don't do so through a demanding party that turns it into us against them.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • real worker

      Unions are the reason they have any benefits. The republicans have been trying to get rid of unions and make them less powerful. (Right to work states) Why? So the wealthy can do what they want and not give the workers any rights. The republicans have turned against the worker, they have proved that by not making them pay taxes. The republicans no longer are workers friend, they are killing the middle class and making them slaves. We have to unite and just say no to republicans that are going to hurt the middle class. Stand your ground and support the unions that support a free society. The foxes cannot watch the hen houses. Workers make the world go round not the wealthy, they just put up the cash to start the company. They cannot handle the truth, they need the worker.

      August 9, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leeto

    The POS picketers assaulting and throwing stuff at the non-union employees is just pitiful.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • real worker

      They are scabs

      August 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • teedoff4real

      why would you want to hurt the people that are taking up your slack..that don't make no sense at all.. I heard that the workers was scared to come out of the building to go get lunch because of the picketers so they called out for lunch and the picketers would not let the delivery guy go to the building.. The other workers that are picking up the slack has not done anything to them..Leave them alone they are trying to make money the same way that yall are so-called fighting for money.those people have families too and they have to make money the best way they can (not talking about the ceo's and such) it was the call center workers. not everybody could be in the union. so yall need to respect those who aren't.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. luckyone4

    To remember the loneliness, the fear and the insecurity of men who once had to walk alone in huge factories, beside huge machines—to realize that labor unions have meant new dignity and pride to millions of our countrymen—human companionship on the job, and music in the home—to be able to see what larger pay checks mean, not to a man as an employee, but as a husband and as a father—to know these things is to understand what American labor means.

    ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sep. 22, 1952

    August 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. boo

    With well over a reported 1.6 billion in profits I cannot believe Verizon won't budge on these issues. Again the top 1% keep getting richer while the middle class has to struggle to stay middle class.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hard Worker

    I work for a good company. I work hard at my job and earn a good living. These Unions are what have destroyed our country, look at the car industry and what the Unions have done to that. With the economy the way it is and so many people out of a job. These arrogant unions and there members have the nerve to strike!!!!! They are all idiots and should be fired. I hope Verizon breaks the unions and then we wont have to put up with this crap anymore. They are fighting not to pay health care premiums, I have to pay for some of mine to the tune of over 5 grand a year what make these people so much better then me or any other working American. What major global company pays for there workers entire health care benefits.............NONE!!!!!!!! so why should Verizon? After 30 days being on strike it wont matter anyways those striking workers wont have company paid health benefits anyways. So how long do you think 400 million is going to last 45000 workers. Verizon is positioned to outlast these unions and maybe even break them so then they can hire workers who want to work and fire these lazy bumbs. But not all of them are so lazy I understand that 45 from one area broke the picket lines to come back to work. And this is only the second day of the strike. What do you think is going to happen after 30 day or longer. Give up now while you still can get your job back

    August 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunnie

      I agree fully! I know many people that are out of work who would do anything to be employed for half of what the unions members currently have. They are so far out of touch with reality. Maybe they need to leave their fantasy world and sympathize with their fellow Americans.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      What type of mentality do you have?? Can we separate the economy from the corporation at hand please? I feel for all those companies that are barely making it in this economy and in turn have to layoff and cut back on the American worker. But why? Please explain to me why in the world would an exceptionally profitable company that is NOT effected by this economy need to take away from the workers that helped in building the company to what it is? Let's say you owned light bulb company in the nation and were profiting hand over fist while the rest of the nation was in a recession, would you be THAT greedy to take away from your production staff and use the current economic status as an excuse?

      August 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hawaiianboy31

    urallidiots
    compensation should be determined by free markets
    Bet you are one if these idiots who did and look where it got us, 10% un-employment, millions out of work with no employment in sight because of CORPORATE GREED!

    August 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. real worker

    @ Hard Worker-Spoken like a true Koch Brother. I think everyone should support and not break the picket lines. The profit that this company makes the benefits they are asking for is pitance. The days of wine and roses is over for the wealthy mizers. Either the wealthy treat workers with the wealth they recieve from the workers hard labor or fall to the wayside. Others will clammer for opening a new company that will absorb the workers and destroy the Koch Brothers stranglehold on destroying our middle class, government and economy. Go Wisconsin, recall, recall, and more recall, till every last government employee that was bought by Koch Bros and the like are going, going, gone. Put them in the spotlight and shine on the workers of USA. Buy local and buy American. 1970's boycotts here we come. Hey Walmart where do you get your meat? Look up COOL meats.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      first thing, these HUMAN BEING you call scabs are HUMAN BEING....Second, you want everyone to suport the union and not break the picket line and be unemployed?? I supported the Union and could see both sides of the issue UNTIL I wanted a few youtube videos. I am literally sick to my stomach watching the way the union workers are treating PEOPLE. The UNION should be ashamed...there is NO reason for this!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • real worker

      Yeah the workers being hit by cars and all. I guess workers are tired of the wealthy making and hoarding their money to themselves and the workers well, do all the work. Verizon and the CEO's sre making money hand over fist, while workers bust the their humps and may get a couple of weeks of vacation. Give me a break, unions have lost so much power and the wealthy have used their wealth to break unions so they are not effective. Picketing is emotional and draining. Picketlines are the last defense against a government bought by the wealthy to have slaves instead of people who can work in enviornments that are safe and have rules for the wealthy to follow. Because we know what happened when the wealthy make the rules, wall street, ring any bells?

      August 9, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      So the logical response to corporate greed is acting like animal? Makes sense to some I guess.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • real worker

      I guess if the corporate world treats you like cattle and pushes you out of the way with a car, you tend to react. When you have to fight for what benefits you get and they are not handed to you because you cannot buy them I guess you fight for them. I hope the picketers film all this and do not fight back. And who is to say the trouble makers are not plants by corporate?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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