Verizon Workers Go On Strike

August 8, 2011 by staff 

Verizon Workers Go On StrikeVerizon Workers Go On Strike, After months of fruitless negotiations, Verizon union workers went on strike yesterday after his employment contract expired. In light of the pending expiration of the contract, representatives of the company and the union had been trying to negotiate new agreements for about two months. However, neither side was willing to give up too much, leaving a full strike as the only option.

The strike affects only those Verizon employees who are part of the Communication Workers of America. That includes people who work for the fixed telephone service company and its FiOS cable TV.

Verizon Wireless, the company that handles the cell phone service is not unionized.

Many of the terms of union contracts have been in place since the 1960′s, Verizon and argue that times have changed, making it much less flexible. The CWA, meanwhile, said the company could offer more to their workers – especially field technicians – many of whom are paid hourly and not salaried.

It is possible that the strike could last weeks or even months. There has been a Verizon employee strike in 11 years. The last time it happened in 2000, had 86,000 union employees working for the company, and the strike lasted three weeks.

For customers, FiOS TV and landline phone customers are likely to be affected during the strike, but the services themselves will remain active.

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