Verizon workers will end strike
Union workers picket outside a Verizon Wireless store on August 17 in San Francisco.
August 20th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Verizon workers will end strike

Thousands of striking Verizon employees will return to work on Monday, as the company and the unions have made progress in negotiating a number of local and regional issues, Verizon said Saturday.

The employees will return to work without new collective bargaining agreements. The company said both sides have agreed on a process for moving negotiations on the big issues forward.

The 45,000 union members have been picketing since August 6 to protest concessions that Verizon is trying to get from its employees. Those concessions include the elimination of two paid holidays, the freezing of pensions, the alignment of pay raises with job performance, and the union's contribution of $100 per employee towards health care premiums.

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  1. Cheryl

    I am an unemployed teacher in the deep south. We don't have unions. Teachers teach because they love their students! Maybe Verizon will hire me??? I'd be very happy with their pay and benefits

    August 22, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • verizon ei

      Um did you try to apply

      August 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • irishwhiskey

      im thinking that the slaves...errrrr...i mean people of China love their pay and benefits too...maybe you should move there.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • union

      love ing your students isn't the same as loving your customers and working on their behalf all times of the day/eve/ weekend/holidays/. Don't you have the summer off? Won't happen at VZ, but sure, no one is stopping you from applying. And what skills were you going to put down on your resume?

      August 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    As a former union and management employee of Verizon, I can certainly say the employees do have great benefits. The union employees historically pay nothing for benefits, to include full tuition assistance, healthcare, paid sick time (unlimited), paid Family Medical Leave Act protected time off, etc. The benefits are heavily abused by many employees, with the highest levels of abuse occurring in customer service and dispatch centers. The company has put itself in a bad place by allowing the union to bargain for benefits that are easily abused and that leave no recourse for the company to try to stop the abuses. Bad for business and bad for customers.

    On the flip side, Verizon is an abusive, disrespectful, anti-employee company that advocates further abusive behavior and harassment of employees by management personnel. Customers are treated as nuisances by the company, which is more than happy to tell its customers it'll be a 3 week wait to get a phone line repaired while employees are sent home at the end of an 8 hour day without the opportunity to work overtime (or hire more people) to help restore customer services. There is zero concern for customers from a corporate standpoint, plain and simple. As long as you make your payment, your service quality is of no concern to Verizon. Complain very loudly if you expect any response at all.

    Good luck to employees of Verizon. The landline side of the business is dying a slow death and the employees are feeling the crunch as profits dwindle and customers seek better services for home phone and Internet. There is no winning this's a matter of time before your job is no longer necessary and your benefits erode.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. working poor

    Verizon has become the new face of the "American Thug" ........."Corporate Thugz" Regular people go to jail when they commit a crime. Corporations pay fines and get Corporate Welfare from the US Government via "Bail Outs" I called myself the working poor because that will be all that's left in this country very soon. There will be no such thing as middle class America. There will simply be "Rich" or "Poor". Let's see if the people who have so many negative comments towards the Union and it's members continue to advocate for Verizon when they find themselves in the "Poor" column.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
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