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. end it

    the union workers are actually on a fast track to losing far more than necessary if they don't concede. they are not getting paid while on strike, their salaries are now going to the managers who are forced to take over their shifts as overtime and chances are they're not going to get all of what they are fighting for so they're losing money for nothing. smh, i see no winner in this

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

      Corporate is losing a million a day, is it worth a $30 million month? Will that come out of the managers or Ceo"s paycheck?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • observer

      Actually union is losing about 12 million per day and its hitting their pockets for deciding to not work. 45,000 employees x $35hr * 40 hours = 12,600,000 Simple math will tell you why Verizon has cancelled the union talks after the strike. And a double dip recession... nobody will support Union. Unemployed will start lining up for those jobs if no contract.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Yeah union workers, how's that strike working out for you?? Not getting paid while on strike, but yet that same union that says it cares about you is still taking their cut out of your pay even though you're not getting paid. Isn't that nice of them. Once you figure out they only care about themselves, and don't give a damn about you, you will all be alot better off.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      end it... strikers do get paid.. thats another thing unions fought hard for and won...we dont get paid from the company but we get paid and then welfare and govt asst will also start to kick in in some areas as well

      August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      real worker...vz will lose a minimum of $40 million every 2 weeks...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      observer, your math is off.. the union will lose $12 million PER WEEK for the first 8 weeks and then that will taper off greatly once unemployment, food stamps, and govt asst kick in..

      August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reality

    I'm sorry to say but the union has no leverage and they're taking down all their members with them. Non union Verizon employees have some the best benefits of any company. but union employees have more benefits than any oher group in the company,.. and still want more? With a dying technology? The billions in profits are mostly from the wireless side, the landline side has been losing money for a long while. Verizon is doing what any smart business would do. Yes it hurts to lose benefits, but I feel none of these people are going get their jobs back..

    August 10, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      reality, then that would suck for everyone.. verizon would have to spend millions more to train new workers ( it takes 5 years just to get your feet wet); they couldnt keep up with the workload when there was no strike, how can they keep up with it using 75% less workers...unemployment benefits would kick in as will food stamps and govt asst... worst case scenario.. add 45,000 new home forclosures or bankruptcies to the list, plus in my region, schooling would have to be paid for up to 2 years...and then assume vz and vzw would lose whatever tax breaks they received because they just added all of those people to state payrolls...PLUS.. vz and vzw would have a minimum, 45,000 less customers brining in revenues....

      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      Reality we are NOT asking for me, we just want to keep what we have. And as far as landlines being part of a dying technology, have you heard of FIOS, DSL, or even Verizon Wireless? Yeah well all those products are supported by the every dying technology of...you guessed it, landlines.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • trish13000

      Before you say the wireless is were it is all at, you have to educated on a few facts. If it wasn't for the landline side of the business there would be no Wireless because our equipment is the backbone for the towers. The Wireline segment provides voice, Internet access, broadband video and data, Internet protocol network, network access, long distance, and other services in the United States and internationally. The company serves consumer, business, and government customers, as well as carriers. As of December 31, 2010, its network covered a population of approximately 292 million and provided service to a customer base of approximately 94.1 million.
      We are fighting to keep what we have had and fought for over years and years. If Verizon wasn't a profitable company we wouldn't be out on strike,when Ivan Seidenberg was making 55,000 a day and just retired Aug 1,2011 with full benefits and medical for the rest of his life ,I think we are not being unreasonable. If you believe that Verizon would backfill all jobs with American workers you are not thiinking correctly, we are also trying to stop the outsourcing of our work to foreign countries maybe Verizon would be able to hire some unemployed American workers.
      I would just like to educate the people that don't know how the company works to be aware before you pass judgement.
      Thank you ,wish you & others could understand our fight.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    verizon is greedy. those union workers built the company. when there was no union workers where under paid. ceo's and management make far more than the union workers. the union gave back plenty in the last 10 years and now the company wants to go for the kill. if your husband or wife made you rich would you give him or her a kick in the butt after you where loaded with money? no loality on the part of verizon. just like they treat there cell phone customers. like crap. wake up people dont hate on unions because we have the balls to fight for ourselfs. sorry if any of you people are on unemployment but i bet you if you were union you might still have your jobs. envey gets you nowhere but together we stand divided we fall. STRIKE when prevoked.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lynne

      How about every custemer verizon has go on strike and not pay there bill, they would lose a lot of money, they would have to settle, My mother inlaw has been without phone service sense Aug 1st and she is 77 years old and fell and broke her hip a couple of months ago and she has no phone service at all and no cel either this is not fair to her at all. I agree the workers need to get what they are asking for I dont blame the strikers but do blame the company for not getting the extra help they need when they new the strike was going to acure. My Mother inlaws phone was out on Aug. 1st and the strike did not go on untill Aug 7th so why in the hell didnt they fix her phone before that?

      August 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Keep drinking that union koolaid

      August 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Smith

    I am working for McDonald and these union workers have McDonald skills and expecting mid-class income.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • SAJ

      You sound like an idiot, Verizon tech's are trained for months before they work on Verizon equiment or plant, Just because u flip burgers like a monkey doesnt mean that others are not trained.......

      August 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      john.. do you have too much mccheese on your brain? mcdonald skills? when the hell was the last time you worked in telecom? do you even have an idea of what the job description entails? did someone actually pay you to print this or is this a joke? candid camera? a verizon trap awaiting my response? ok john, i'll be fair...enlighten me please... what do you THINK a telecom job description is?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      Galvodog, give John a minute to respond as he's probably trying to perfect his burger flipping skills.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Verizon Worker

      McDonald skills? Know what you are talking about before commenting.All Verizon employees were pre tested before getting an application for employment. Then, deprnding on the type of job were trained for weeks and months before qualifying to work iin their jobs. Please do not belittle us as unschooled, uneducated people. Do your homework!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • alicia

      Are you stupid! You should talk about thing you don't know aboyt. Let's put it this way I was a manager at McDonald's for years and took the test three times of operator, I fail everytime. My mother has worked there 13 years and it is not easy. I would love see you do there job. By the way just because I didn't pass it does not mean I am dumb, I have two degrees and a high HOW but that job is very difficult. You need a gain some respect for people that have worked some where for years and still get treated like crap. Grow up.

      August 18, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. tonyb

    What people dont realize is that its verizon that refuses to negotiate, they laid down a litany of demands that would cut my pay and benifits by 1/3, one third peopple. would you sit for that?? The union has beenn trying to negotaite and the ball has been in their court. If we took tht loss laying down it would set precident that would effect everone in this country

    August 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Heaven forbid you have to start paying a portion of your benefits like the rest of the working class at Verizon and other companies! You complain about losing a third of your pay yet you will go on strike and take a 100% pay cut...

      August 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Face it, it's about time you start paying for what you get like the rest of us. The union only cares about the union and the money it collects from you, that's it. They have never given anything back, and always want more.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDee

      Funny, but I've neve heard any of my coworkers say they weren't willing to pay a portion of their insurance premiums, only that we couldn't afford the bloated premiums that Verizon execs were proposing. Sure they tell the public one thing about the amount, but the info we git on the inside is that it'll be somewhere around $500/month for people with families...can you handle that??Personally, all I want is an honest job, but Verizon doesn't seem to want that for me, in spite of their so called "values and integrity" part of their COBC manual. So much for values...they got you all fooled into thinking this whole fight is totally about high paid employees and free health care benefits....imagine that!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • galvodog

      sarah.. thats your own fault that your paying into your benefits..

      August 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      BigDee, you're right. I would easily pay a reasonable amount to those greedy billion dollar CEO's to make them richer if it meant I had a job. Sad that the public doesn't realize the outrageous amount verizon is proposing we pay! My salary is $32,000 a yr – $6000 insurance premiums per yr – $3000 as our annual deductible = $$23,000 a yr. Would that even make me a middle class worker or drop me down to lower? But yes, that's what the intellectual public thinks I should do.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruthie

      And to add to Kati's remark, I too, make the same amount. Don't forget the salary decrease that vz wnts to take from us!! How would most of the middle class feel if their income was slashed by 20%? Where would they be? What would become of our economy? It's so bad now! And yes, the money would only go into corporate's pockets!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Smith

    VZ has employees that came from other companies (MCI..etc) These employees don't get the benefits that the union is fighting for. But they do get good medical benefits and a good 401k employee match program. Many of the jobs that these employees had, were moved to union with the last contract agreement 3 years ago. FACT. the union folks are less productive and sleep on the job. This was seen for 2 months when I was training them. Good employees lost their jobs so the company could appease the union. While costs increased for this specific segment. The union folks get paid 20K to 30K more then the folks they replaced. VZ would be better off hiring folks that want to work.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Se

      this is really a fact....what are they fighting for, verizon customers always complaint verizon fieldtech for being unprofessional, arrogant and not doing their jobs...

      August 11, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • VZisGreed

      And that 401k and company match is part of what Verizon is trying to take. You think if the union workers get it, the former MCI will continue to get it??? Think again. They will snap it up so fast your head will spin!

      August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CWAisEMBARASSINGtoUS

    These CWA strikers the world is seeing should be ashamed of themselves. There are many great VZ workers who do not work on the landlines and were forced to join the unions due to old contracts. We pay our weekly dues and have no problem starting to pay for our healthcare. Free healthcare is not a right in this country and all VZ employees enjoy a great standard of living. Stop complaining and go back to work. Times are tough in this country and most of the VZ union employees should be proud that they are working for a profitable U.S. company. Remember, the wireless division is supporting you. STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE AND BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU DO!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Se

      Nice.....................

      August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      None of you obviously have any idea what Verizon actually wants to change. Get your facts straight. Paying for healthcare isn't the only issue. Do you think people should work for a billion dollar company and not have a pension after the years they put in? Does that make sense? You definitely don't remember or are uneducated about the real reasons unions were originally created. This is a ploy to continue to try to eliminate unions on a whole and what they stand for. I support the striking workers and I will support any union workers. There would be no Verizon wireless without Verizon landline. As a former employee, Verizon landline employees helped significantly to bring in these wireless customers from landline service. How dare anyone who doesn't know first hand try to deny that. Speak about what you know and not hearsay from the media.You want to be let out of the union...let's see how long you actually last. Read your history. And I bet none of you have even utilized ANY of the educational benefits that the company provides. So when you get your wish to be out of the union, you will also be out of a job just as quickly; and with no education...sitting at home.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HardWorkingEmployee

    I too was forced into CWA from prior contract negotiations. I have to pay my union dues to keep my job. I wish VZ would let us out of the union and treat me and my fellow coworkers like the wireless workers who actually contribute to their healthcare. My family would not suffer and I would be proud to be a VZ employee. WHO ELSE WANTS OUT Of THIS IDIOT UNION? Let us put that on the bargaining table!!!! Let our landline thug "friends" stick with their union while they demand from the the success on the other side. Our 2008 contract forced us into the union......TAKE US OUT of CWA NOW. Brothers and Sisters, ha ha, it is our time to mobilize. Return our old VZ jobs back to nonunion jobs!!! We will gladly go back!! Who wants out?????

    August 11, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Isn't forcing someone to join something they don't want to be a part of, and force them to pay for it besides considered EXTORTION?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • eileen

      What planet are you living on?

      August 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kati

      HardWorkingEmployee, why don't you educate yourself a little more before you rant on about being forced into a union which by the way has been giving you the benefits you've been receiving so far. You want out? The it's simple, write a letter to you local stating you no longer wish to participate in the union, make sure you get proof it was received of course. In approximately 2-3 weeks you will receive your confirmation that you have been officially removed and will no longer be protected. I wish there was clause somewhere within that process for people like yourself where not being part of the union meant your wages would then be less, you pay premiums for your benefits, you can get fired for any reason, you receive no pension or retirement fund, your vacation days would drop to what the company feels you deserve and you lose whatever seniority you may have. Now that would be a perfect world!!

      August 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. w mays

    Verizon paid no taxes last year (good trick, can you teach the rest of us how to do it?)

    Verizon took a billion and a half dollars in bailout money from the Govt (which is really you and me,by the way)a short time after Ivan S. publicly said that Verizon didn’t need any bailout money!

    Verizon is a HIGHLY PROFITABLE company and before you give me the talking point of “but the POTS side of the business loses money” — I’m a COT and I work on FIOS, DSL on copper, and wireless traffic ckts every day!

    The top few execs were paid over 60 Million last year. I don’t see them volunteering for any kind of cuts for themselves.

    The company has gotten rid of a ton of workers already over the past few years.First the craft hired after 2003 was laid off and then alot of people took that special retirement package last year. This is leaving the public with the bare minimum of service.I wish the union would go public with just how bad it is and embarrass the company.You would not believe the geographic area I am expected to cover.There are times when I’m literally the lone COT for over a million people.Think about what I just told you.Does that make you union trashers feel good? I would really need the Star Trek transporter in order to do an effective job!

    Now the company is going to jump on the recent anti union bandwagon and try to take away just about everything ever negotiated for. The public needs to know what’s really going on

    August 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      If you didn't get 15 breaks per day, and only do 3 calls a day, maybe some work would actually get done.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan

    I don't know the whole story but I will say, no one has ever paid for my health insurance and my husband has been out of a job twice. There are lots of people out of work. This whole thing is awful. People who are striking - there are people out there who can replace you. Do you really want to lose your job??? And we customers are not able to get service. I was able to call Verizon this morning and talk to someone about an order I placed last week. Well, no one is answering at the call centers anymore because of some reason. I know that people from the west have been flown here out east to help out; they just can't keep up with all of it. In the meantime, I will have to watch my bill to make sure I don't get charged for services ordered yet not rendered yet. This is crazy. I have never experienced anything like this in my life. And seriously...there are unemployed people out here. Pay attention to what you are doing and what you are really striking for. There are people who want your jobs! And please, Verizon, if you are reading this, please keep your help/desk support jobs in The United States. Quit outsourcing to foreign countries. Earthlink outsources to India, Tupperware outsources to Mexico, and Westinghouse, I believe, to the Phillipines. I called Plantronics tonight about a Bluetooth and lo and behold, my call was answered in The United States. When I shop nowadays, if my calls for help are going to be handled outside of the country, I am finding alternatives. I support The United States. And I also speak English.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • eileen

      Susan, part of the reason for the strike is precisely what you want..to keep jobs in the U.S.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    Only a dummy suggests striking in the middle of a recession, and only dumber listens and actually does it.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      You're OK with your CEO making money hand over fist. Free everything in our case free fios if they have it, free cell service, they pay nothing for their benefits health care millions in stocks, bonuses pay, for being on the board of directors for other companies and you're OK with them telling you were gonna cut your pay and ask you to pay for your benefits and health care. 55000 per day the CEO of Vz makes and you and alot of other people are OK with that just to say you have a job. You sir is the DUMMY. If you want to work for peanuts join a circus

      August 17, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dwayne

      That people are willing to walk the streets during a recession should tell you just how important this issues is. This isn't about accepting handouts or wanting more than we already have. This is about preserving a middle class standard of living. There are a great many who have no idea what the history of unions are in this country. The tend to make ignorant statements without facts. Yes, they want us to pay into our medical. Fine. If the former ceo doesn't have to pay into his for life, why should I? Or any of you, for that matter. The company wants to able to move the work wherever they'd like. Ok. They already have call centers in Asia. In the end, its not inconcievable that ALL OF THE CURRENT CALL CENTER WORK could be shipped out of America. Vz wireless is mostly non-union, yet has among the highest rates in the industry. Savings being passed to the consumer? No. This isn't just about verizon. This is about a corporate structure bent on taking out the middle classs in this nation-thus the outsourcing overseas-while STILL expecting us to consume their goods and services. What's to stop ANYONE'S job from being ship overseas to be done cheaper than u would? People need to wake up and educate themselves.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kati

    Seriously? I am so sick of hearing our very own middle class people saying that we should be grateful for having a job. Reality check, we have a job because we've worked hard to provide the best service possible, hence the billions in profits. Why should we roll over and give up the benefits we've worked so hard to achieve? How would you like it if your CEO is shouting to all of Wall St the great revenues HIS company has produced over these past 3 years of a recession yet in the same breathe say that because of economic times, he has to reduce his employees benefits? I'd love to know how many of you would jump up and volunteer to lose your pensions, lower your salaries, have to pay almost $7k (not $100/month) into your benefits per yr and lose several paid holiday? One hundred concessions in total. If there are that many of you out there willing to say yes then by all means, I dare you to run into your managers office and volunteer to give up all of the above in order to prove your own point! I'm sure your CEO would love to hear that because you giving all this up, he can now go out and buy yet another beach house on an island somewhere. But no worries, I'm sure you'll be the first person he invites, that is if you can afford a ticket to get there! Wake up America! A lot of companies are not as fortunate as we are where we have a union that is fighting for us to KEEP what we have, nothing more and nothing less! With that said, then who are the greedy ones? Now let's assume that the company get's their concessions, is everyone ignorant enough to think that those saving will be passed on to you the consumers? Do you agree with our company facing a recession while corporations are trying to ship jobs to India? Other people chose to believe their lies about landlines just not being profitable therefore we should be "going" with the times. Well he's another reality check, we ARE losing landlines most of which are going to VZW. Now those towers that supply service to VZW, AT&T, Sprint etc, what do you think keeps those towers working? You got it landlines! And hey, what about the FIOS and DSL's that we sell and install? Those turn a substantial profit so don't we get credit for that also? My fellow Americans, educate yourselves before you jump on the bandwagon that VZ is lying to you about. Oh and @HardworkingEmployee, if you want out of the union my dear, then just write a letter to your Union local requesting that you would like to resign from the union, therefore pay for your benefits AND earn an average of $28k a year. Make sure the letter has a return receipt and voila! @CWAis EmbarrassingtoUS: You're right times are tough to some in this country but obviously not to VZ. Can I assume you'll be one of the many supporting your corporations by running into your mgrs office and giving up most of your hard earned benefits? @ Don, we should start paying like the rest of you guys? So if your company decides to cut your wages in half with the same amount of work, I should do the same while working for a billion $ company? Really buddy? And as for the unions always wanting more? Interesting enough, the CWA and IBEW is not asking for for more, they are simply asking to keep what we've fought for the past 50 years. Interesting no? @ Reality, read what I wrote above a get an idea that what your saying is NOT reality. Landlines do not only consist of your physical phone line but that's what VZ wants you to believe. Landlines are needed for FIOS, DSL and yes the almighty cell phone towers that we all rely on. So in a nutshell, without landlines, where would any of those products be? Never thought about that one huh? @VSteve thank you for your support! @ Realworker, interesting concept, I'm betting that those millions lost due to this strike will be picked up by our ever supportive customers! @ Don, fyi majority of us qualify for unemployment as well as the union does have a strike fund for it's members. Again educate yourselves before spewing wrong information to the public! I don't blame a lot of you for your comments because honestly hearing your comments, I see that many of you are just not well informed. This is NOT just about health benefits. Remember, VZ has over 100 concessions on the bargaining table. But of course, VZ doesn't put that information forth to the public.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      @ Kati – R U kidding me. Your ramblings were just that and so long I doubt that anyone read all the way thru. It just turned into a blah.... blah blah. Suggestion: If you cant hit the major points in a paragraph dont waste your time or paper. Practice this, because employers feel the same way about reading resume's.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bridget Correia

      Thank you to all of you who support the CWA/IBEW strikers. To those of you who are on all the websites/blogs bashing us. Please educate yourselves before you spew evil on something you know nothing about. Remember, there are two sides to a story. I work 24X7 and give up my Family events/holidays to provide service for you. Have worked for the Company for twenty-one years and now the Company wants me to give up everything so they can make a bigger profit. Is that fair to me? Do you have any clue what it is like to work an eight hour shift not having time to eat or take a break because the weather is bad and you only have two or three people to handle the whole state's emergencies? When you walk in my shoes then feel free to make your comments but until then you DO NOT have the right to judge me or my situation. In my twenty-one years of service you can count the many sick days I have had, which would not be that much. I am there working on my shifts everday and some because we are so short staffed. I and many of my co-workers face the same situation. I agree, in every large group there will be some who do not play by the same rules, however, that is not the vast majority. Do you think the Company would be a multi-billon dollar one if it did not have dedicated employees? Who do you think made this Company what it is today – the 45,000 employees who are out on strike today.
      In regards to the "failing" land line business – who do you think build and maintain the wireless service the general public loves so much – we the striking workforce. DSL and FIOS the same people. Should the Company be allowed to have the landline service fail – what will happen to our Senior population who cannot afford or do not want DSL/FIOS/and Cell service?
      Medical is not just the issue here – other issues are taking back our holidays,not wanting to pay differential for the night tours/weekends/holidays – freezing our pensions – these are just a few.
      So I ask you to please educate yourself on the whole issue before you make your comments.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisamarie3

      @ Dee – I read the WHOLE thing – it wasn't difficult. It is not ramblings – it is the truth – information that people need to know to make an INFORMED decision. If you refuse to inform yourself of the facts, then shame on you. You will be the reason this country fails. EDUCATE YOURSELVES PEOPLE!!! And @ Regan – to say a good majority of CWA members are acting as "bullies" trying to intimidate people is untruthful. Even a VZ spokesperson made a statement on tv that these "intimidators" are a very small minority of the people picketing. I agree that it shouldn't go on at all because it doesn't make people want to listen to what you have to say, but it is certainly not the majority. Every picket site that I have seen has been organized, non-intimidating people, handing out fliers, talking to the people passing by (not yelling at them), trying to let them know what the strike is about. As for harassing 'scabs', Verizon allows picketers to do it – there are rules that the picketers have to follow, and what may seem like harassment to you is OK with VZ. It's a frustrating time for all these people and their families and if you were facing what they are, you would feel that passion too – keep educating yourselves. I support CWA in their fight because I want this country to move forward, not back. It's time we stand up for each other with support, and not try to knock each other down – it will only come back to you.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDee

      Poor Dee (no relation)...just because reading isn't so fundamental for you doesn't mean the rest of us won't read the post in its entirety. The part that really stands out for me is that I'm pretty sure Kati is right in that the majority of you "regular" non union workers WON"T voluntarily walk into your boss's office and sacrifice your pay, pensions, paid holidays, sick time, and a portion of your vacation time for the greater good of the billion dollar corporation's sake....I dare you to prove her wrong!!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • prd2wrkatverizon

      Unemployment??!! Really?? you walked off the job, you had a choice not to show up at work. What the union wants is absolutely crazy, "we're not asking for anything more, just what we had" Well damn, what else could you really ask for seeing that you had EVERYTHING the way it is!! I think the CWA/IBEW shot themselves in the foot, VZ has already moved the work out of state and to centers who actually do the work with far less people, the results and metrics are outstanding and a GREAT possibility that the work will stay. I say bring on the work, we have many who wants a job, willing to pay for benefits and can get the work done right. 3 reps that does the work of 15 union folks, from a business standpoint...that a freakin no brainer!! Just hope you're prepared for the long haul because VZ is out to break the union and will succeed this time!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. eric

    I can't understand how people (Vz brass) can make the money they make get all of their service for free,free health care, millions of dollars in salary, bonuses,stock options,being directors on the boards of other companies and say to the world with a straight face. We don't have the money to take care of the people that took care of us.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ali Cat

    @HardWorkingEmployee–REALLY? Just remember what you wrote when you leave the union and in a month Verizon decides they want to lay off and you are on the chopping block with no job security. Just ask the management how they feel knowing that every 6 months they could be laid off when the company does a shift around (I hear one is coming again in a few months, so a lot of those employees who are working 80 hour weeks right now will lose their jobs). And to everyone else, you DO need to be educated on the actual situation on hand, not just what the company is telling you. It's a shame when your own middle class feeds into the big corporations. I'm sure all of you would be THRILLED if your more than profitable employer (especially in these hard economic times posting triple profits) told you that your wages and benefits would be cut, along with sick days, vacation days, holidays, pensions, etc...and knowing that your employer posted record profits this past year, but telling you you should be HAPPY to have a job? Guess what...all those 45,000 jobs you think other unemployed would be grateful to have? Do you really think Verizon plans on keeping them in the US?? Wake up people!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Regan

    The workers that are on strike need to stop harassing people that are trying to work to support their families too, that makes you NO BETTER then the corporation you are standing up against. All of your youtube videos, your just showing that you guys are just as much of a "Bully" as Verizon. Your facebook groups.....Stop being hostile to people and educate, that is what America needs education. Standing in the way of someone who is trying to WORK and blocking their path, yelling, cussing that is not the way to gain public sympathy. The people that you are "BULLYING" are your Middle Class as well. You make yourselves look foolish . I have seen 4yr olds act more mature. I am a Middle Class Citizen as well, I have been trying to research your cause by visiting your groups, watching your videos and I haven't really come across too many that educate, they show a bunch of adults behaving like unruly children. That "Scab" you are harassing has a family too. And being in the medical field a SCAB to me is part of the healing process.....educate union members, that is the only way you will win over the public who right now is feeling no sympathy due to their current financial situations they are portraying you as "CryBabies" and your proving them right by the way you a good majority of you are acting.

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

      I agree the stuff I've seen first hand and on Youtube is horrible. Most of the people taking over the union jobs don't want to be doing it they are forced to do it to keep their jobs and feed their families. It's really a shame how the union members are treating them and after seeing them acting like such thugs they have definitely lost this supporter.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisamarie3

      To say a good majority of CWA members are acting as "bullies" trying to intimidate people is untruthful. Even a VZ spokesperson made a statement on tv that these "intimidators" are a very small minority of the people picketing. I agree that it shouldn't go on at all because it doesn't make people want to listen to what you have to say, but it is certainly not the majority. Every real-life picket site that I have seen has been organized, non-intimidating people, handing out fliers, talking to the people passing by (not yelling at them), trying to let them know what the strike is about – of course you won't see that on YouTube, it's not shocking enough. As for harassing 'scabs', Verizon allows picketers to do it – there are rules that the picketers have to follow, and what may seem like harassment to you is OK with VZ. It's a frustrating time for all these people and their families and if you were facing what they are, you would feel that passion too – keep educating yourselves. I support CWA in their fight because I want this country to move forward, not back. It's time we stand up for each other with support, and not try to knock each other down – it will only come back to you.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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