Thousands Of Striking Verizon Workers Going Back To Work Without Deal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ten of thousands of Verizon workers will return to work Tuesday after a strike that lasted about two weeks.

The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers issued a statement saying they have agreed to come back to work while they continue to negotiate with Verizon Communications Inc.

“The major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed,” the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said in a statement.

Marc Reed, Verizon’s executive vice president of human resources, credited the company’s managers with “ably meeting the needs of our customers” during the 14-day strike. This enabled the company to “withstand the strike without significant disruption to customer service,” he said.

The company said it will “quickly address any backlog in repairs and unfulfilled requests for service.”

About 45,000 Verizon landline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike on Aug. 7.

The contracts for those employees expired after the company and the workers were unable to come to terms on issues including health care costs and pensions.

Verizon said it wanted to change benefits that date from a time when the telecommunications marketplace was less competitive and landlines were ubiquitous.

Landline business has been in decline for more than a decade as more people switch exclusively to cellphones.

Verizon said it had 25 million landlines at the end of the second quarter, down from 26 million at the end of 2010. It has been selling off some of its landlines to other phone companies.

The striking workers were responsible for maintaining and repairing traditional landlines, as well as installing the company’s fiber-optic FiOS service.

Workers covered by the expired contract also include 10,000 represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who serve as telephone and repair technicians, customer service representatives, operators and more.

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  • Sbass

    So lets me get this straight. The union idiots lost their benefits at the end of the month. And now they come back to work without a contract.. Union lost..

  • unioncorrupt

    And your two weeks of sabatoging cables and disrupting the peace accomplished what, exactly? You lose. Go back to work and be grateful they’re taking you back.

    • Joe

      No, we didn’t lose a thing! Still have ALL the benefits we had before under the old contract….Looks like VERIZON could’nt handle the store while we were away so THEY chose to call a truce & talk. That was the first correct thing they did in the last 2 weeks. We are greatful to be back but won’t bend over like you people would have us do!

  • bibhrt5467

    YOU SAID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lydiass

      Great, get ‘em off the streets, screaming and hollering mutants, another example of unions gone bad. I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  • DanTe

    These goldbricking union thugs HAD to go back to work. This strike thing is way too much work for them. They needed to go back to their union positions so that they can slack off and relax.

  • "Still current" Verizon customer

    I can’t believe nobody has posted this. If everyone like myself stopped paying their Vz bill, things would be settled in the union’s favor (and very rightfully so) in a heartbeat.

    • doc in NJ

      what a splendid idea! Here’s a few more right up your alley….
      if every citizen refused to pay their taxes, the Government would smarten up and revise the tax code to go after “those rich SOBs” who ruined things!
      if we would all stop driving, gas prices would go way down, plus diabetes and hypertension in the US would plummet because we’d be exercising alot more!

      Sit down before you hurt yourself.

  • alaskachic93

    I have always paid part of my health benefit, and 6 to 8.5% of my retirement contribution. Barrow Alaska might have been the exception, but I’d have to check my paystubs to verify.

  • alaskachic93

    This is America. We speak English.

    • joe

      This is the global internet. we speak whatever language we want to.

  • Blasterific

    ooo ooo aahhh ahhh ooo ooo ahhh eeeeep

  • usa

    I AM A UNION WORKER, I am not the problem. Teachers, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, road workers, etc. are NOT the enemy. If you’re jealous of our benefits, FIGHT FOR YOUR OWN!, not against ours. The rich who created this crisis are putting middle class families against each other. We live here, pay taxes, work hard & try to support our families too. If you’re a union worker, copy & re-educate!!

    • alaskachic93

      The problem people have is that they pay through the roof so you can have exorbitant benefits. All the consumer wants is a fair shake, which means you contribute more significantly to your health care and other benefits, as most of us do. States all over the nation have realized this and are renegotiating contracts. In the trickle down, this will reach businesses like Verizon as well. There are no longer any free rides. As it is, your benefits, and others, are not sustainable.

      • Joe

        so we should take a beating while VERIZON enjoys record profits on OUR BACKS? your argument doesn’t hold water! If the company was doing poorly, that’s another story….

        Do you think Verizon Wireless workers enjoy paying part of their health benefits? They have NO CHOICE! That’s why Verizon has worked very hard to keep the union away from them even though they voted to be in the union….fyi

      • Gwendolyn Lancaster

        You said “As it is, your benefits, and others, are not sustainable.” Have you asked yourself why health benefits are not sustainable? Many company executives make millions of dollars on the backs of the workers, then cut the workers’ salaries and benefits when the executives mismanage funds.

        For instance, tell my why nurses have to lose their health benefits and cut their salaries while hospital executives make millions plus bonuses? Nurses are on the front line battling illness on a daily basis. Don’t they deserve health benefits?

    • alaskachic93

      Regarding ‘rubber room’ teachers in NYC, yes, unions are the problem.

  • liz

    i know verizon workers who take very loooooong lunches, on company time i see it all the time. i’m tempted to report them.
    they deserve NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • alaskachic93

      They deserve a fair wage and fair benefits. Period. No freebies at the expense of customers.

  • Bernie Sanders

    annoyed with this whole mess i changed my services to time warner cable ~

  • goblin

    Verizon should lock them out for a couple of days to make them sweat and teach these guys a lesson.

    • Joe

      fyi….Verizon is REELING with the tons of people out of service because their managers didn’t have a clue….Their OWN customers hate them because of what they have done. They had no choice but to compromise a solution asap.

      • joey from B'hurst

        How could tons of customers be out of service? Most customers are on fiber optic—-nothing goes wrong with that, unless physically cut.

  • Francis

    They did the wise thing

  • CB

    “Thousands Of Striking Verizon Workers Going Back To Work Without Deal”

    hmm, they finally realized if they didn’t return then they would have no jobs…..heck i know of 20 people right now that would gladly take those jobs….

    those “people” have been on strike for a week…no pay, hmm….who’s bright idea was that?

    the unions don’t care about them, that’s why i have never worked for a company with a union and never will

    • Joe

      FYI… The workers are going back to work under the provisions of the old contract….they STILL have all of their benefits in tact. If the company was so strong w/o them, why did they agree to this?? The workers are very greatful to have a job but they’re not STUPID…union people stick together as you have seen. Everyone should benefit from this. A fair contract is all they were asking for.

    • m

      take the job for a lot leses then what we make . they didn’t hand us anything , we fought for it . vz is one of the 10 most profitable companies in america , ceo’s giving themselves multi million dollar raises 1 week before the strike . ceo that makes 55 THOUSAND a day . corporate greed at its finest

      • alaskachic93

        The bottom line is that the consumer is paying for both the outrageous bonuses and the benefits. So you want a fair contract and the consumer wants a fair price for services provided. They evidently aren’t getting it.

  • Anne T.

    Yes, it’s tough to have sympathy when the workers are out there like a Jerry Springer episode.

  • JB

    Great, get ’em off the streets, screaming and hollering mutants, another example of unions gone bad. Great company there too, ever try to get a live person on the phone when you have an issue?

    • Blasterific

      Yeah they outsourced to heavy accented India. But hey that’s ok right!? By the way do any editors check this stuff they write, a typo in the first sentence sheesh?

      • alaskachic93

        That’s another issue. You need to talk with your congressman/woman about closing that loophole.

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