Verizon Workers Picket Outside Westbury Home As Strike Enters Day 3
WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was no progress to report Tuesday as a strike by Verizon workers entered its third day. Talks resumed in New York on Monday, but the strike shows no signs of ending.
Nassau County police stood watch Tuesday as about a dozen Verizon workers on strike picketed outside a residence in Westbury, where two supervisors were working to repair a phone line.
Mona Rivera of 1010 WINS reported that the picketers were peaceful and apologetic to the homeowner, who said she had no idea “what’s going on.”
1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera Reports From Westbury
“I don’t know about the Verizon strike, my phone has been off for almost a week, so they decided to come and fix it now, today,” she told Rivera.
“I don’t have anything to do with Verizon. My phone, I’m paying for that and that’s why I called Verizon. So what have I done wrong that you could go picketing here and making all this problem?” she asked.
Meanwhile, the strike continued over issues including pensions, medical benefits and raises. Verizon has said that it needs to control costs because of a decline in its non-wireless business.
The strike does not involve employees of Verizon Wireless so it won’t affect service. The contract covers telephone and repair technicians, wireline customer service representatives and operators.
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