Verizon this week fired 40 workers who took part in the strike this summer by 45,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW) members. The corporation is alleging workers engaged in misconduct during the strike.
IBEW Local 2222 Legislative Director Paul Feeney told the Boston Globe:
We think this is a heavy-handed technique that Verizon is using to pressure us at the negotiating table. The union is going to fight this through the court. The company couldn’t prove to us that they did anything wrong.
CWA spokesperson Candace Johnson told the paper that other striking workers who were fired have returned to work after their records have been cleared.
We are continuing to pursue a fair determination for all Verizon workers who were fired.
The workers returned to work under the old contract, and negotiations for a new pact are continuing.