36,000 Verizon Workers to go on Strike

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Two unions that represent thousands of Verizon employees say they will go on strike on the morning of April 14, after negotiations have declined to produce to new contracts, wrote theverge.com.

The unions, the Communication Workers of America And the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, explains that Verizon wants to freeze annuity, make cutbacks easier, and depend more on contract workers. Verizon says their health care conflicts need to be forwarded for both retirees and workers as medical cost have developed, and it wants “greater flexibility” to manage its employees, reported nypost.com.

The union’s list of criticism is a lengthy one: Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs in Mexico, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic. Verizon is hiring extra low-wage, non-union contractors, the union states, reported money.cnn.com.

“The main thing is that’s it’s taking good-paying jobs and taking them away from the American public,” stated Ken Beckett, a technical telecommunications associate for Verizon and union board member with 1101 CWA, as he picketed with colleagues outside a Verizon office in Manhattan.

“Our committee worked very hard to address all of the concerns they raised about limiting health care costs for the company, and we’ve been clear about our willingness to do so,” explained Bob Master, assistant to the vice president of District 1 at the Communications Workers of America, one of the union’s contract talks. “The reason we’re going on strike is that they failed to reciprocate on the issues that matter to us.”

Verizon officials maintained the altering of competitive and technological landscape enforced a continual updating of the rules of governing its work force. “We’re going to a digital world,” stated Marc Reed, Verizon’s chief administrative officer. “There are many things that were agreed to that made sense back in the Ma Bell era that are no longer tenable.”

Verizon also states that as more and more Americans abandon landlines, it is only common that phone service providers similar to Verizon will require less workers to operate and maintain them, according to nytimes.com.

2011 was the last Verizon strike, and it lasted for two weeks, cited nypost.com.