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Striking Verizon Workers Hold Candlelight Vigil Outside CEO’s NJ Home

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Striking Verizon workers rally - New York, NY - Aug 8, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Striking Verizon workers (credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

MENDHAM, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of Verizon workers held a candlelight vigil Thursday outside their CEO’s New Jersey home to protest benefit cuts.

They carried American flags and chanted “What’s disgusting? Union busting” outside Lowell McAdam’s Mendham residence. Police say the protest was peaceful and without incident.

About 45,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job Aug. 7.

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are fighting Verizon’s call for a pension freeze and for contributions to health insurance premiums, among other things.

Verizon Communications Inc. says it wants to change benefits that date from a time when the telecommunications marketplace was less competitive and landlines were ubiquitous.

The company has obtained court injunctions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware to limit picketing.

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