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.”

michelle August 15, 2011 at 07:05 PM
I hope this strike ends soon we do not need any one to get hurt again. Does anyone remember comp time? When hourly workers would work overtime and NOT get paid and receive comp time instead? But if you left your job your comp time would vanish. Please try and remember what unions have done to stop things like that from happening.
Francis T McVetty August 15, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Just another ploy of the union, the CWA, which by the way has a terrible record of destruction of its employers property. No ones going to get hurt except the customers of Verizon. We will see how much vandalism takes place over the next few weeks. I once was a member of the CWA and I know first hand how it operates.
michelle August 15, 2011 at 09:00 PM
You can not categorize them all the same like that. Many of those workers want to go back to work and when working give 100%. They care about their job and the future of the company. They are a Union and being a Union allows them to stand up for rights against the corporation they work for, this is something other workers do not have and because they do not have that right they get taken advantage of. The way this Country is going is very upsetting, my childrens Social Studies teachers are telling them that they are going to have to leave this country for work. We as people need to come together and stop what these corporations are doing to us.
Thomas August 16, 2011 at 02:04 PM
If you were truly a member of CWA then you would know how much WE have done to build this network.In 25 years I have never known anyone who has committed vandalism.You are making broad statements about a large group of hard working men and women that just aren't true.........SHAME ON YOU!
MitchP August 16, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Verizon is a soulless, black-hearted corporation that has been waiting for an economy like this to crush the union and would outsource every non-union job to 3rd world countries if they could. They regard people as obstacles.
Francis T McVetty August 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Thomas, I what I said is a fact. I didn't say everyone that belongs to the CWA was a vandal. I truly hope they prove me wrong.
Thomas August 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM
" the CWA, which by the way has a terrible record of destruction of its employers property" This is not true. CWA has NEVER destroyed our employers property.There may have been times when people have destroyed property but never has CWA condoned it.Thats just stupid.Most CWA members are fine upstanding members of our community. We are fighting for the middle class. By the way the West Nyack "failure" was caused by lightling not vandalism I dont care what Verizon fed to the news Thats the facts like it or not
Francis T McVetty August 17, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Thomas, do you really want the readers to believe that the damage to the telephone lines and the fiber lines were caused by teenagers or vandals? Of course the CWA is not going to condone this action, but give it a wink and a nod. Remember there are members and former members of the CWA, that know better. <http://www.cablinginstall.com/index/display/article-display/2523089096/articles/cabling-installation-maintenance/news/design-installation-testing/cabling-installation/2011/8/Verizon-fiber-lines-cut-while-union-workers-strike.html>
Francis T McVetty August 17, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Thomas, more of the union at work <http://www.theoilage.com/verizon-strikers-sabotage-fiber-optic-lines-t4465.html> Maybe the union is following the presidents lead with "shovel ready work". When the strike is over, there will be plenty of overtime to repair the damage caused bu the "vandals".
Thomas August 17, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Frank I cant follow your link it goes nowhere.I cant speak to everything you read in the news.I also cant speak for everybody in CWA.I can say I have been a member for 25 years and have only been warned by the union NOT to destroy, vandalize or cause harm the network. We have plenty of work and the storms running through right now will prove my point. I feel sorry for all the copper customers that will be out of service for a long time because the replacement workers have no clue what their doing.
Meredith Lesly August 17, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Don't you just love how a few bad examples tarnish 45,000 workers in some people's minds? You can't reason with people who think in black-and-white and have closed minds.
Francis T McVetty August 17, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Thomas, Here is one that should work( http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizon-network-sabotage-claims-hit-143-strike-continues/2011-08-16 ) Copy& paste it. Looks like the other links I posted didn't work.
Francis T McVetty August 17, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Here is one more for those who think I was kidding on my view and experience ( http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/197528/20110814/verizon-strike-workers-fbi-sabotage.htm )
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.


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