Verizon Communications Workers Strike: 45,000 Union Members Demand Improvements

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    Verizon Communications just had 45,000 union workers strike on Sunday, August 7th. The workers, who are members of Communications Workers of America Union, are primarily from the land-line division of the company and includes employees from the company's FiOS TV and Internet service. Many of the employees on strike are call center employees, field technicians and cable installers. The strike won't likely effect Verizon Wireless, but the news is worth sharing with you anyway, just in case things spill over.

    The issues that brought about this strike have been at the "collective bargaining table" since June 22nd, but have been largely dismissed by Verizon Communications Executives. Here's a quote from the PhoneArena article describing that the union workers take issue with,
    Here is the union's statement regarding these issues,
    This issue will be the first big challenge for Verizon's newly appointed CEO, Lowell McAdam. His response to the claim was the following,
    During the strike Verizon has promised that services won't be disrupted, and is utilizing tens of thousands of non-union workers, working 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week to fill in for the striking workers. Paul Secunda, a Marquette University associate law professor and adviser to Verizon during previous strikes said, "This may be the last big strike we see in the land-line business."

    It's easy to see both sides of the issue. On the one hand, land-line phones are a dying industry, and you can see Verizon Communications' perspective of needing to maximize the efficiency of the business for as long as possible. On the other hand, the company had 2011 annualized revenues of $108 billion and annualized net profits of $6 billion, and Verizon Communications just received a dividend from Verizon Wireless of around $5 Billion dollars. Furthermore, Verizon’s top five executives received compensation of $258 million over the past four years. At what point do you "take care of the people that helped get you there"?

    It's a contentious issue, but please share your perspective, calmly and peacefully in the forums. ;)

    Source: PhoneArena and WSJ
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    This is one of the big problems in this country. Top execs rake in all the money when the people doing most of the hard work make nothing. My boss doesn't even know how to do my job, yet she makes quite a bit more then me.
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    Merging Broken

    Unfortunately, I just learned "the hard way" that merging threads is basically broken and causes more problems than it helps. It probably can work if you don't make a misstep, but I accidentally merged "the wrong direction" and unfortunately you can't "un-merge" so I have reposted this story as a new one. For additional discussions on this topic, you can check out OneTenderRebel's thread on the subject, here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-news/164536-45-000-verizon-employees-go-strike.html.

    Thanks for your patience. ;)
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    oh man I would love to be able to pay $100 for health care benefits. I work for a CA school district and if I were to pay for health benefits for my family (wife and 2 kids), I'd be paying over $1300 a month to the district. I'd be paying about $700 a month for just myself. Honestly, some people cry over things when they actually have it very good.
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    My opinion of the current state of Unions and this strike by Verizon workers:

    At one point in time worker safety, security, and prosperity was ignored by corporations. Unions came along and gave the workers a collective voice which was heard by the corporations and the public at large. This forced reform, especially in manual labor industries.

    Unfortunately, Unions are not "non-profit" organizations, they are for profit. So what started out with good intentions has been slowly corrupted and twisted by greed.

    Collective bargaining should not be a stick used to beat companies until the corporate coffers are empty. What I have seen from Unions, both first hand and through the media, is that people who are already grossly overpaid are leveraging collective bargaining to try and get even more money and benefits, thus dirtying all that Unions are supposed to stand for.

    I would challenge the Union workers of Verizon and the CWA Union to post actual details of what is being "stripped away" instead of blanket statements and Verizon's financials. Just because the company you work for is making money that doesn't mean you are automatically entitled to make more money. This is the type of thinking that causes outsourcing to other countries and the unemployment numbers to rise. Yes, I believe that Unions have had a direct negative impact on unemployment.

    The playing field will never be level or fair. The working class will never make as much as CEOs. But you know what? The only barriers stopping them from getting the education and experience they need to become CEOs themselves are the barriers they have created for themselves.
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    Verizon has the union in a tight spot. The non-mobile side of the industry has been vomiting jobs like a drunk on Sunday morning. There are a lot of experienced techs out there dying for work. It's a tough time to try to play hard ball, especially when there are hungry companies that are able to provide domestic call center support for far less than the union employees.
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    I don't feel bad for these people at all. $100 for insurance its cheap and being paid based on how well you do your job is how most people are paid.

    Good to know that if I want to be paid well for little work, all I have to do is join a union.

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    Blanket statements like this just rub me the wrong way. So what you are saying is, because your employer forces you to pay for health care everyone should? If you don't like paying for it, find an employer who will not expect you to pay! Its the same argument as flipping burgers at McDonald's for minimum wage, and then complaining Burger King is paying $1/hour more. Employers across the board will only pay WHAT THEY HAVE TO, not what you would like them to.

    Big Red posted Q2 profit of $1.61B. (Source)
    So, if Big red absorbed the health care costs of those 45,000 employees at $100/week * 52 weeks/year, it would have affected their Q2 profit by $234M, or still left them with a profit margin for Q2 of $1.376B.

    As far as the comment about getting paid well for little work goes, I'll challenge you to do my job for a week and then you can tell me what you think.
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    90% of these guys are useless... Case in point:
    My Father in Law was having problems with his land line. We call Verizon and it takes FOUR techs on FOUR different appointments to get the problem fixed. The first three jackpipes spent five minutes checking at the network interface and told him it was "In the house" where they conveniently "Don't Go".
    After threatening to drop Verizon and go to Comcast they finally get a guy that knows his butt from third base and he finds the problem about a mile down the road on the pole.

    OK I was wrong... based on my experience 75% don't know what they are doing or don't care. Problem is the guy that found the problem is probably ready to retire along with the 25% that know how to fix problems and Verizon customers are soon going to be left with the 75% that CGARA.
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    Right. Any of these Verizon employees who don't want to pay for insurance should find another job. Where they don't have to pay for insurance.

    My friend was fired, found a job where she doesn't have to pay for health insurance. Okay she doesn't get any, but she doesn't have to pay either... she needed a job and took that one for now.


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    Americans wonder why the large scale corporations are moving out of the country to continue their business. Do you think India workers go on strike? File frivolous law suits? Have workers compensation fraud? NOPE!
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    Thank you... I am suprised that this group of people are this smart (most tech blogs/forums are filled with pro union lefty crap).

    Love you all!!

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    Sir, you couldn't have said it any better and I agree with you. A lot of these people who see a profit automatically assume that the profit has no other purpose than to fill their pockets. They don't understand that a lot of the time, that money is re-invested or saved as a fallback fund etc. Furthermore, the people who say "he/she/they couldn't do my job" fail to realize that if they screw up, it's usually no real big deal and can easily be fixed and MANY people can do their job but if a CEO screws up, it has lasting effects if not completely shutting the business down. It all depends on risk and reward and quite frankly, they're not putting much at stake, hence your reward isn't great but it's fair.

    The next thing I would like to say is that I'm a Firefighter and I live in a state that is a "right to work state" meaning, although we have a union and I am a member, it doesn't mean CRAP. These employees complain that they pay $100 for insurance, I pay $500/month for my family and I. My salary is $32,400 and that's after a pay raise in the 5th largest city in the state that I live in. It's only the 3rd pay raise in 10 years for the whole department. They keep doing pay studies for them to come back and say we are underpaid EVERY SINGLE TIME! Did I mention that the city recently made some changes to our retirement? We can retire after 25 years of service and at age 55. We have to go at 60. But here's the kicker; I fall into the group who doesn't retire with benefits(medical, dental etc.) and 48% of a crappy pay check. This is one situation where a person can love what they do but there aren't really any other choices to do this same job. It is so hard to get a position( I was one of 4 hired out of 300 who went through the process) on any FD. I'm trying to get on at another larger department(better benefits, better pay, better promotional opportunities etc.) where I'm competing against 4200 other people and I scored in the outstanding category. No call yet, and believe me, I call weekly.

    The point I'm making is that those Verizon people do a valuable job but they will get no pity from me. Public Safety (PD, FD) and the Armed Forces are people that in my opinion should be taken care of. I'm not saying any of us are ever going to get rich but retirement should be something we look forward to without having to worry about benefits etc. I spend every 3rd day bustin' my butt to save yours and I feel we should be compensated for that.
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    No Verizon signal tonight

    The strike may just have spilled over. I have two phones on the Verizon network and both lost signal this evening. From 5 bars to no service.
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    If your company needs a replacement when you move up, let me know.:icon_ banana: I am a General Contractor making 6 figures, and I will leave that any day to be a firefighter earning a fraction of that. I have a degree in Fire Science, I'm an EMT, in 30 weeks I will have my BS in Occupational Safety and Health. I am also scheduled to begin part time medic school this November. You wouldn't happen to live in So Cal? I can't sale my home. Kids love their school :)