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April 13, 2016IM -
Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike on the morning of April 13. Workers representing the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) gathered in midtown Manhattan and more than 20 other locations, from Massachusetts to Virginia. Verizon management failed to negotiate terms for a satisfactory contract, which expired in August. In the meantime, the communications giant has trained thousands of non-union workers and moved staff to other locations to fill spots made vacant by picketers.
The company made $39 billion in profits over the last three years—and $1.8 billion a month in profits in the first three months of 2016. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year, more than 200 times the compensation of the average Verizon employee. “Verizon needs to end its push to send jobs overseas, cut retirement benefits and gut job security, and stop intimidating Verizon workers, who are compelled to move away from their homes and families for months at a time just to keep their jobs.” says Christian Sweeney, Deputy Director of Organizing, AFL-CIO. “Today, employees are not only fighting for a fair contract but fighting to create a better workplace for every working family.”
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