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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    wow.. jsut watched a plane blow up... watching the airshow here at kcmo at the downtown airport and the stunt plane went outta controll and stright into the ground,,, then caught on fire.. the firetruck took 3 minutes to get over to it..

    August 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfranco

      wrong story holmes....

      August 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

    the fire went out quick, but i can't believe how long it took to ge the firetruck there... they musta had it at the far end of the runway or the firemen were on break..

    August 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul NYC

    If it had been me, I would have waited until Verizon locked me out. It would have put the union in a better position. However, the public's dislike for large corporations and especially ones that pile on the fees couldn't have made Verizon happy from a P.R. standpoint.

    August 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Juan has it right. I worked with the CWA for 3 years and could not believe the amount of laziness all around me. Oh sure, there were good workers, but the union always stuck up for those bad apples instead of just letting them be fired. I realize the union has to represent ALL its members no matter what, but they didn't have to go to the mat for the worst employees that they KNEW were not working and were cheating the system. Just goes to show you that all unions want is to suck the life out of a company AND its employees. They don't have the best interests of their members at heart, otherwise they would work to keep their companies viable and financially health. If ya don't like the salaries of "the big executives" then go work somewhere else-it's a free country and no one is twisting your arm to work for Verizon. It's not socialism people, it's capitalism. Vote with your feet and walk away; don't buy Verizon if you think they suck. But if you work there, don't try and undermine your own company at every turn! Geez....

    August 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sharky

    Union Greed / Corporate Greed, what is the difference. *shrugs*

    August 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • difference is...

      billions of dollars and motivation: one motivated solely by numbers and profit margin, the other by the best interests of human beings

      August 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      The difference is, corporate america usually comes out on top!

      August 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Feedback Foryou

    Why waste 2 weeks strikng then give up. Just like the state of Minnesota.

    August 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The union was going to have to start handing out strike pay next week.....strange coincidence? I don't think so. They collect union dues from paychecks...they are a business like any other.. they want to collect money from their members. they don't want to have to pay them.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. T Boylan

    Nice of CNN to finally comment! What happened, did VZ threaten your ad revenue during the strike? Seemed to be a trend with all the networks except for MSNBC's Ed Schultz. Though you guys had our backs. Disappointed in you guys

    August 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    As one of the thousands of Verizon managers that were displaced from their homes and families for over two weeks to work long hours in jobs that we were very unfamilar with all of this is really bittersweet. From the start, Our Verizon executives were telling us all that they would hold the line and justify all of the sacrifices that management was making for the greater good. Just a mere 14 days later, these same execs cave in and give up the few key advantages they had over the union (expiring health coverage for associates and no paychecks). Then on top of that they give the union the ability to work under the same great contract while they continue to bargain and extend the bargaining deadline indefinitely? Hats off to those union guys at the table. They must have been very, very persuasive! The company's union workforce never really had to go without anything. Almost any household operating on what Verizon pays should be able to stretch it out for two weeks without a paycheck. then the fat and happy union didn't even have to pay out a single penny from their bloated strikefunds that have been sitting gainging interest for over 11 years!. Verizon execs made one hell of a massive concession just by letting the union come back to work and allowing them to keep their benefits and get back to earning a paycheck. If giving up your biggest advantages is not bargaining in good faith, I don't know what is. Both sides should get a good deal out of all of this but it looks like the unions are again in the driver's seat. At this pace, Verizon will soon be in the same spot as GM and Chrysler....The UAW killed those companies, CWA and IBEW will do the same to VZ

    August 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • verizon worker

      We are still getting our strike fund money.

      As far as the tons of money we supposedly make, keep in mind the #s the company throws out are grossly inflated. Some of us are single parents who don't even make in a year what McAdam makes in a day.

      The ultimate slap in your face will be when the company RIFs some of the same people who busted their butts while we were on strike. That's why I'll NEVER take a management job with the company. It's not the same company it was when I started & the union is the only protection there is from the "gotcha" mentality which predominates Verizon culture now.

      CWA/IBEW will continue to fight for our jobs here in the US. If I were you, I'd pray they win bc when we get outsourced, YOU get outsourced.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • unionproud

      Had you scabs kept up w/ the work and customer service, your company would'nt of taken us back so readily. You did a lousy job, you belong behind a desk, and you know it. You also know that your job and benefits suck, because you aren't union. Can you say RIF? Sit down and shut up and let us continue to do the work that makes you look good and keeps your job. Not a damn person feels sorry for management, you chose your position...

      August 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. keepItReal

    Seriously Verizon Land Line is upset that they want them to be in line with the money maker Verizon Wireless. VZW get raises based on performence, They pay way more than LL for health premiums! I would be willing to bet my Iphone that they holidays in question are ones that VZW is working on! Seriously VZ Land Line employees are just as replacable by VZW workers as they land line mobile phones replaced and you would do well to remember that!

    August 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • VzW

      Verizon Wireless is open every day. Call 611 on Christmas day, you will speak to a Verizon Wireless employee.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danny Allen

    the only people who like unions are the one's in the unions. No PR problem for verizon. And if you don't like the fees verizon piles on, get a new phone carrier. The unions are the one's for the fees. It ups the cost of doing business for Verizon and they pass it on to you

    August 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. verizon worker

    Great job CNN of NOT getting your facts straight. You forgot to mention the 18% pay CUT, the jobs being shipped to Mexico, the Philippines & other foreign countries as well as the almost $8k the company wants each employee to pay for family benefits while limiting the choice of plans to 2 & reducing coverage.

    How about mentioning that we are going back to work under the old contract as long as the company continues to seriously bargain with us.

    What did I expect though from a "news" outlet devoted to putting out the info your corporate advertisers want you to?

    August 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • keepItReal

      AWWW BOO HOOOO!!!!

      August 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Keep drinking that tainted RED Kool-Aid man.....They just didn't want to have to pull money from their strike fund and continue to hear you guys whine. Instead they would rather take union dues from the paychecks you will now be getting again. Unions are nothing more than pimps and union members are their working girls. The awesome family benefits for VZ management that I pay for are less than 3K annually and the coverage is almost identical to what my associates have and I had a while back. I do pay a slight bit more for my perscriptions than I did when I was an associate three years ago but what I save in union duee more than makes up for it.

      August 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe doh

      verizon worker we just got the same heathcare plan your about to get at g.e. 7,000 deductable. and no more pension plan for new hires, (40 billion pension plan grab) . this company g.e. has no shame. 32 years of hard work (everyday) to end up with this! and to read these people and there hate and venom for working people. if g.e. could do the work faster, better, and cheaper elsewhere it would be there. and as for me paying union dues 20 bucks a week well spent! and we do have a strike fund, that when not used is used to support the poor at thanksgiving and christmas. with food and gifts, but still we are no good. we have our lives and i am glad our lives are more fruitful then these other hateful people.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul S

    Pu$$ies, you had the company by their gonads & you blinked – should not have done that cuz now it's going to be a really 'fun' place to work & your sorry-azzed union won't/can't do anything for you – LOL

    August 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robin Bray

    What strike? service still bad as always, maybe even better.

    August 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Massive Marbles

    I completely understand and realize that the workers had family and bills to be concerned about, but I am NOT happy about nothing getting accomplished for them. The FATCAT's played hardball and won! People, just please wake up and realize that this is just the type of thing that makes Republicans smile. They don't care about the average Joe trying to provide for his/her family. Don't vote republican, or it will be more of the same, if not worse!

    August 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      And what have the Democrats done?!?!? By the way... I'm an Independent.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RICK

    Hey.......if you dont like your job.......QUIT........then see if you can find another with the same bennies you have now ( or may have to pay a bit to keep going ).........good luck out there, in the real world

    August 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      In other words, Rick is saying "I've already taken it in the a** by my employer and love to see other people take it in the a** like I had too"! Because I guarentee you... Rick would be out there on strike with all the rest of the Verizon employees if he were in the same position. Unless Rick is the biggest pushover known to mankind and doesn't mind taking it in the a** by his employer which should make his employer very happy because those are the kind of employees that corporate america loves!

      August 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • RICK

      Right.......I pay about 600.00/month so my disabled wife can go to the doctor when she needs to..........I dont have health insurance...little bobby

      August 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Obviously that's why you're so bitter... Little Ricky!!!

      August 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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