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Biggest strike in US at Verizon Communications

  • By Shalini Gupta |
  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 |
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Biggest strike in US at Verizon Communications. Image Courtesy – http://labornotes.org.

Workers of Verizon, the largest company providing ‘wireless telecommunications’ in US, are going to strike on 13th April, 2016, that is from tomorrow morning. Near about 40,000 workers are there in Verizon to go for strike. The contracts which created dispute ended in the month of August 2015. That contract covered workers from East Coast Verizon – workers from the state ‘Massachusetts’ to ‘Virginia’ has been affected by the contract, nearly 40, 000 in number. This is going to be the largest stop of work in the US in the current years.

The workers called the strike with a target to push the largest ‘telecommunications company’ to achieve another new contract that restricts ‘outsourcing’ and enhances ‘pension’ advantages.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the representatives, who principally work for Verizon’s East Coast landline telephone and web operations and have been working without an agreement since August 2015, were being represented by the ‘Communications Workers of America’(CWA) and the ‘International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’.

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Dennis Trainor, an official of ‘Communications Workers of America’(CWA) told the Wall Street Journal that they had been working strongly to discover a common agenda, but working individuals at Verizon and throughout the nation have had enough of the ‘corporate greed’ that was devastating their families and their economy.

On the other hand, Verizon has contended that it needed more adaptability as the landline side of its business had been decreasing and the company needed to roll out improvements to legacy contracts, including lessening retirement advantages and ‘health care’ costs. The organization is planning for a potential strike via preparing a huge number of non-union workers.

Marc Reed, the chief administrative officer of Verizon told that the company has been proceeding towards bargaining with the union leaders. But, in this situation, union leaders would prefer to make strike than sitting at burgaining table.

In the year 2011, a strike was held at Verizon involving around 45,000 employees. This year also, a strike is going to start at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, 13th April, 2016.

 

Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta is a teacher at New Delhi with multifarious talents. She has passion for reading, writing, drawing, sketching etc. simultaneously with her teaching job. presently she is writing for Bigumbrella.

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