Nov 25, 2015
Activists Have a Holiday Greeting for Verizon on Black Friday
This Friday, when shoppers head to the stores, CWA members and supporters throughout Verizon territory will be leafleting and caroling outside Verizon Wireless stores. Activists want to deliver a holiday message to Verizon customers and the company about fairness and alert the public to the company's policies that hurt working families.
Verizon management is refusing to negotiate any raises, better benefits or better working conditions for newly-organized Verizon Wireless workers, while threatening and intimidating non-union wireless workers who want to stand up for their rights.
Verizon, in contract negotiations covering 39,000 CWA and IBEW members, continues to demand concessions and givebacks, despite earning profits of more than $1 billion a month.
Last week, CWAers held a Day of Action, with actions and rallies at more than 35 locations.
"We do not have a willing negotiating partner," CWA Local 1103 President Kevin Sheil told members in Poughkeepsie, NY. "The company's practicing the art of race-to-the-bottom bargaining. Verizon is literally making over a billion dollars a month in profits, and yet, they still want to destroy our families, our communities, our union, and our contract."
Members of CWA Local 1101 in New York City tell Verizon that executive pay shouldn't be more important than good jobs for workers.
At a rally outside a Verizon Wireless store in Pittsburgh, PA, CWA Local 13500 members put Verizon on notice that wireline and wireless workers are standing together.
New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento addresses members of CWA Locals 1120, 1103, and 1107 at an action in Poughkeepsie, NY.