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Verizon Striking Workers Return to Work Without a Deal

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Aug 22, 2011.

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    We've been trying to keep you abreast of the Verizon strike, and new reports indicate that thousands of striking workers from Verizon Communications land-line division will now return to work, mostly empty handed. The workers will return to work on Monday, August 22nd. The unions and Verizon have both agreed to narrow some of the issues in the ongoing fight, but both sides still disagree on some major issues, including health care benefits, pensions, and work rules. There are approximately 45,000 workers striking and 35,000 are covered by Communications Workers of America, and the other 10,000 are covered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

    Verizon's argument is that because their land-line division is starting to fade, due to people increasingly switching to mobile phones only, that they need to start cutting costs. The company is proposing freezing pension plans and switching workers over to a non-union health plan which is more costly to workers than the union health plan.

    The unions argue that the mobile division is bolstered by the land-line division that earned about $3 Billion in the first half of the year, and that Verizon should extend the contract that expired on August 6. Here's a section from the Yahoo! article with some more details,
    Source: Yahoo!
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    Verizon also told the the union that after day 30 of the strike, the company will no longer pay their insurance premiums which effectively ends their coverage. Funny how they immediately go back to work.

    Honestly, they need to pay a portion of their healthcare like 99% of the US workforce. This is the same union that forcefully denied that competition was coming to Telecom. If they start paying for their healthcare now, they may keep a job a little longer.
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    CWA - "Unfair conditions for workers due to corporate greed!!!"
    Verizon - "Corporate greed is everywhere, now get back to work you moron..."
    CWA - "duhhh...okee..."

    FAIL.
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    LOL definitely FAIL