Striking Unions and Verizon Have Now Taken Legal Action Against Each Other

CWA files unfair labor practice charges; Verizon sought injunctions against picketing.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed unfair labor practice charges on Friday against Verizon Communications. The union claims Verizon violated labor law in contract negotiations covering Verizon, Verizon Wireless and VCSI workers. The charges, filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) offices in New York and Baltimore, claim Verizon has refused to bargain in good faith.

Earlier this week, Verizon obtained injunctions that prevent intimidation and illegal blocking of facilities in New York and other states. The injunction restricts picketing to no closer than 15 feet from any entrance to Verizon facilities.  It limits the number of strikers to 15 outside facilities that typically employ 50 to 100 employees and 30 strikers at sites with 100 to 300 employees.

Verizon reported more than 90 incidents of sabotage at its facilities in numerous states.

Tonight, Verizon workers and supporters plan a candlelight march in West Nyack to the home of the Verizon chairman.

The CWA is asking the NLRB to order Verizon management to drop its refusal to bargain and start negotiating in good faith.

“Since the first day of negotiations, through contract expiration and even today, Verizon management has demanded the same $1 billion in concessions from its 45,000 workers,” said CWA Communications Director Candice Johnson. “These demands would cost every family $20,000 a year.”

Verizon is asking employees to contribute toward their medical insurance coverage. CWA officials say when Verizon is prepared to bargain seriously, their members will return to work. 

CWA represents 35,000 of the 45,000 striking workers at Verizon and VCSI and about 70 at Verizon Wireless. The other striking employees are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 

steve August 13, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Holly, you have you "facts" totally wrong. I don't work for Verizon but I have friends that do. They absolutely do not have unlimited sick or personal days; they actually pay large co-pays and deductibles for medication and DR. visits, and in the last 8 years, received 0%, 2%,2%, 2%, 2%,3% 3.5%,3.5% wage increases, hardly the 6% you cite or even up to the cost of living increases over that time. I am a middle class American-non union- and I can't ever remember a time where there was so much jealousy from one group of middle class workers regarding another group of middle class workers. The question shouldn't be since I don't have something they shoudn't either, it should be they have it, why don't I? The answer is join a union, it's only because they are in a Union and can bargain collectively that they have better leverage than you or I. It's why businesses belong to a chamber of commerce, strength in numbers. But I'm not jealous of them, and I will proudly support them because they are my neighbors and friends. They live, work, and spend money in our communities. They are fighting against a greedy corporation that should be raising the standard of living for all Americans. Verizon made 15 Billion dollars in profit last year and paid nothing in federal income taxes. If workers lose this fight, what do you think will happen to our wages and the benefits we have? I can answer that, our wages will not go up and we will pay more for, or have no benefits at all.
Agapequeen August 13, 2011 at 01:48 PM
My husband is a Verizon employee and I assure you we pay for our medication (and a lot). The employees always have had to contribute toward their medical insurance coverage.If those in the union haven't, maybe WE should be the ones striking! They should thank God they have had it up to this point. We never have. As far as unlimited sick days...My husband has been known to work nights and entire weekends...I can't remember the last time he took a sick day. Oh and raises? That's a joke. When there were raises it was only 2%. But we are thankful for employment in these times of bad economy. They should be too.
michelle August 13, 2011 at 05:45 PM
You have no idea what you are talking about. Your facts are all wrong.
hugo August 13, 2011 at 08:31 PM
first off no paid sick for 2 years 12 weeks to 15 years 39 weeks to 30 years we have had no pay increases for 3 o the last 10 years 2% other years we work in peoples houses no matter what the conditions filth beyond your imagination and work on phones and computers when people are sick that is why we have the sickness plan we do we have 15 dollar copys and get half pay after 30years of svc according to verizon they make 64 dollars a month profit from the average fios sub I work 8to15 hrs a day WITH NO LUNCH so cutomers are not inconvenienced
Robert Cooke August 13, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Both my wife and I are former Verizon employees. Contrary to all the chatter, union workers pay nothing towards their benefits. They also have other medical insurance options available, HMO, etc. They do not pay big co-pays - believe me, because we are paying them. They don't get unlimited sick pay because they have the Absence Control Plan - which allows paid sick days until they go on paid disability. That 20k figure that it will cost the members - completely false. And Hugo - if you are a union worker there is NO WAY you are being forced to not take your lunch. If you're doing it you're getting paid for it - I've been there. Oh and by the way when you took the job that interfaces with customers, you know those folks that pay the bills, you didn't think you were going into their houses?? Hardly qualifies as hazzard pay!
hugo August 13, 2011 at 10:34 PM
hazard pay is sca allowance that we are payed in the 5 boroughs did I say we paid high copays my copays are 15$ a visit 150$ hosp visit also those houses you go into people are sick and live in deplorable conditions that can cause sickness more than most jobs not being forced to work thru lunch but it is a practice in the bronx so the customer is not inconvenienced we dont get paid for our lunch hour.
kat August 15, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Can't we all get along ? God does not like ugly and alot of you are. Jealousy get you no where.
Denise Ward August 16, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Guess what? Most Americans have gotten 0% raises. Get over yourselves and get back to work, lest you find yourselves replaced by people who actually want to get up in the morning & go to work, and are grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Meredith Lesly August 16, 2011 at 02:06 PM
And that's OK with you, Denise? Upper management have certainly gotten raises. It's the rest of us who are getting screwed over.
henderson123 August 21, 2011 at 08:33 PM
I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com


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