UPDATE: Striking Verizon Workers Observe Moment of Silence

Negotiations continue but no progress reported.

Verizon workers paused on the picket lines at noon on Monday to observe a moment of silence for Gerry Horgan, an employee who died during the 1989 strike. Picketers throughout the northeast marked the 22nd anniversary of his death. According to the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a vehicle hit Horgan, a CWA member, while he was picketing. Several hundred striking workers were expected to gather in Valhalla for a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite.

Meanwhile talks between and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the unions representing the striking workers, continue in Rye and Philadelphia.  According to Verizon spokesman John Bonomo there is no progress to report. 45,000 landline workers walked off the job on Sunday, August 6.

About 50 picketers, who were walking in front of the Verizon Wireless Store on Route 59 in Nanuet, joined in the commemoration.  Local 1107 Business Agent Dan Caprara said the workers move between two locations in Nanuet.

“In the morning we congregate at the Nanuet garage,” said Caprara. “We make our way here when the store opens at 9:30, 10.”

Meredith Lesly August 17, 2011 at 07:05 PM
When we hear the results, then we'll know who's responsible. Or so I hope.
Thomas August 17, 2011 at 07:58 PM
We'll see I know for a fact the one in West Nyack was not sabotage.Verizon said it was and they know for a fact that their irresponsibility in maintaining the network caused that.They have been told by the workers that was a problem the response from the manager was "We can mismanage this company anyway we choose",
michelle August 18, 2011 at 02:56 AM
You can show as many links as you want, still you can not categorize all 450000 employees like that. These are employees with families that want to go back to work to a job that they do with full passion because it is their livelihood. Their future not a contractor that is their for the moment and on to the next state, county, city or country.
Francis T McVetty August 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Michelle, I did NOT categorize ALL 45,000 union members. But you must understand that those acts tend to be looked at by the general public as union encouraged.These acts along the the unions strong words against the company, may paint that picture. You and I know that it is just a few hot heads doing it. Probably the ones that don't do the work anyway.
michelle August 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
agreed, however your first comment was not taken that way. Because of comments like that you help paint the picture against all 45000 employees and that is just not fair.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »