Verizon Communications Reports a Dozen Cases of Sabotage as Workers Continue Strike

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  1. dgstorm

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    A couple of days ago we shared a story along with OneTenderRebel, about a group of 45,000 Verizon Communications Union workers going on strike. Unfortunately news came out today that the strike may have escalated to criminal proportions. Apparently, there have been 12 acts of sabotage to Verizon Communications during the time that the workers are on strike. Some of the sabotage were cases of cut cable, telephone and internet lines, impacting service in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. Additionally, fiber-optic lines were intentionally cut in Tewksbury and several other municipalities on the East Coast. Furthermore, there was a case of Stolen equipment in Cedar Grove, N.J. which affected service to a police department, and a heat system was tampered with at a central office in Manhattan.

    Here is Verizon's response on the subject,
    So far, there has been no evidence to support the idea that the sabotage was caused by striking employees, but the timing is obviously very suspicious. A representative of the striking New England workers in the negotiations, Myles Calvey, indicated that union has no knowledge of its members committing any acts of sabotage.“We don’t do that, and nobody in the union leadership supports any of that,’’ he said.

    Verizon Communications was able to handle 75% of their customer repair orders on Sunday, despite the strike. The striking workers are members of the IBEW and the Communications Workers of America. Negotiations between the strikers and Verizon Communications continued yesterday.

    This seems awfully "coincidental", and I don't really believe in coincidences. Either some of the striking workers thought they would be "crafty" and make life really tough for Verizon while they were short-staffed, or... Verizon themselves concocted this plan to make the Unions look bad. The second option seems a bit too "conspiratorial" and unlikely. I am leaning toward the former being more plausible. You know what they say about walking ducks, right? What do you guys think?

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    Typical corporate tactic of trying to undermine the strike with circumstantial acts. Like a good corporate bullhorn, you simply put into words what Verizon left between the lines. A third option is that this type of vandalism occurs rather regularly and Verizon simply chose to highlight these incidents to insinuate guilt by (temporal) association
     
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    Could be a third party simply trying to stir the pot as well, just for the lulz. :p
     
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    You are quite right. I hadn't really considered that one. That is fairly plausible... ;)
     
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    That is just stupid.

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    How is what he is saying stupid?
    Do you have first hand knowledge of what goes on during a strike like this?
    CWA and Verizon have had bargaining disputes before and both sides are very well versed for the battle.
    Some things are not new and Verizon does do these things.

    Remember these people build and support the network you love.
     
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    And it could also be wonderful drunk guido union workers upset that Beatrice, their underaged mistress, dumped them for their baby's daddy.
     
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    I was once a member of IBEW and I can absolutely see some of the members doing this. It is a typical union mentality IMHO. They wil do whatever they can to get what they want, even if in the end their demands kill the company, as is what happened with Delphi a few years ago...

    They got the higher wages and benefits that they wanted, and when the profit margins shrunk to the point that it cost them 40% more to make a care than it cost Toyota, Delphi went belly up and more than 50,000 workers lost their jobs...

    Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for, and that kind of stubborn "ME! ME! ME!" mentality that unions thrive on can shoot themselves in the foot...
     
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    I was a CWA member and steward/officer for over 17 years. The publication of vandalism at the beginning of strike is used by most of the former baby bell companies in an attempt to gain public support by making striking employees look bad. It is completely expected.
     
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    I saw this on the news last night. I would not be surprised to find out that the tampering was done by either side of this situation.

    I'm just glad (for once) that I have Comcast and don't need to worry about cut lines affecting my service.
     
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    #1 no
    #2 no, no company would do this (destroy own network), because leaks get out, and if you head over to gizmodo you can read comments of a guy that had his fiber taken out.

    #3 they don't build anything I love... Verizon piggies off Century Links fiber at my house.

    You union junkies raise the cost of everything we use. There is no reason a kid that goes to a strip mall college for 1 year should make 80 grand a year before benefits.


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    Man, people here love conspiracy theories....