More than 45,000 Verizon workers are standing strong on picket lines and at rallies and marches for middle-class jobs, as the strike enters its second week. But while the public has rallied for their fight for middle-class jobs—you can sign a petition here—Verizon has lined up with the extremist Scott Walkers, John Kasichs and other far-right elements in attacking working families.
Working families, unions, students, progressive groups and civil rights and community organizations have joined the fight against Verizon’s greed.
This afternoon, members from unions in the Northern Virginia Area Labor Federation are joining striking Verizon workers and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen at a rally in Ashburn, Va.
This is an excerpt from a cross-post at the California Labor Federation by Melinda Burns, Teamsters Graphic Communications Conference.
The National Labor Relations Board last week ordered the Santa Barbara News-Press to reinstate me and seven other reporters who were illegally fired nearly five years ago, after our newsroom voted to unionize. I was the first to be escorted out of the building in October 2006, one month after we voted overwhelmingly to join the union. I was a senior writer, I had been at the paper for 21 years, and I had won local, state, regional and national awards for the paper with my reporting.
The huge crowd outside the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., Saturday wasn’t there for a basketball game or concert. They came to tell Verizon to stop its attack on middle-class jobs.
Crushing postal workers and slashing service will not solve the U.S. Postal Service’s financial crisis, Postal Workers (APWU) President Cliff Guffey said in response to the announcement today that the Postal Service will seek congressional support to cut 120,000 jobs, break its labor contract signed earlier this year and withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans.
Picket lines are strong and growing at Verizon and Verizon Wireless locations as workers across the country join the more than 45,000 Verizon workers on strike from New England to Virginia. The members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW) are on strike to stop the company’s attacks on the middle class.
Fleet service workers at United Continental Holdings yesterday voted for representation by the Machinists (IAM).
In the five-week-long election, 97 percent of the workers who cast ballots supported union representation, while 3 percent voted against representation. Of those who favored representation, 51.4 percent, or 5,572 employees, voted for IAM, while 48.5 percent, or 5,257 employees, chose the Teamsters, and a handful of workers supported other unions and individuals.
Some 45,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW) walked out on Sunday to support their right—and that of all workers—to be justly rewarded for their hard work. They want the company to abandon its Wisconsin-style tactics and return to the bargaining table. So far, the company has refused to talk or to back off a long list of nearly 100 concession demands that would destroy nearly 50 years of negotiated benefits.
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