Skip to comments.Verizon wins injunction against striking workers after reports of vandalism...
Posted on 08/15/2011 12:12:44 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
No vandalism. No violence. No Harassment. No Obstruction. No intimidating. No threatening. No Blocking. No Trespassing. Those were just a few of the restrictions placed on members of the local 827 IBEW bargaining unit, their dependents, minors, households and relatives in an injunction signed by NJ Superior Court Justice Mary Beth Rogers last week.
Rogers also set restrictions on picketing, allowing no more than six picketers at the entrance to any Verizon owned property at any one time. Picketers were also advise that no more than two picketers may picket a private residence of a Verizon employee and must stay more than 10 feet away from any Verizon individuals performing work on a private residence or business. Rogers decision also specified picketers may not have animals present or block any ingress or egress to prohibit movement of a Verizon contractor vehicle.
Striking workers have also been barred from entering inside of any Verizon properties unless they are performing their duties as Verizon employees under the direction of Verizon. Rules were also set for recording, video taping or photographing any individual at any Verizon or performing company.
Ironically, section J is one that would normally go without saying, yet is clearly stated:
Dropping, spreading, throwing, placing or otherwise causing nails, glass, cinder block, spikes, feces, clubs, rocks, screws, or puncture devices of any kind, or other object or debris to be thrown or strewn in, on, or about Verizons driveways, parking lots, entrances, exits, vehicles and adjoining roads to any of Verizons property or at any work site.
The order took effect immediately after its filing on August 11th. IBEW 827 agreed to the proposal and posted a $50,000 bond for payment of incurred future damages.
The injunction was sought by Verizon after a series of incidents across New Jersey and other states affected by the strike. In Toms River, Verizon reported FIOS cables were sabotaged and cut, causing an outage and Toms River Police reported striking workers placed nails at the entrance to the companys Hooper Avenue office.
However, Verizon spokes person Lee Gierczynski said many of the employees in the strike are obeying the law. The vast majority of our workforce is dedicated, hard-working and committed to doing whats right for our customers. Unfortunately, there are few bad apples who are tarnishing the reputation of the entire union-represented workforce. he said Our company is taking steps to ensure those who have engaged in illegal and reckless actions they will be dealt with appropriately. Rest assured, we will deal firmly with anyone we can identify. We fully believe those on strike have a right to legally picket and protest. Some, however, have gone to extremes.
The goons have to be specifically told not to throw feces.
Do they belong in prison, or a zoo?
Good luck with getting this enforced. Cops are union members too, and they tend to be blind to other union members’ transgressions.
IF the SWA had a lick of Public Relations sense about them they’d:
1) Publicly, forcefully denounce any acts of sabotage.
2) Members would get their asses of the picket-lines and immediately repair damages.
3) Publicly announce that they will do everything possible to aid law enforcement to prosecuting anyone responsible for sabotage to the fullest extent of the law.
If a loved one of mine died because 911 was unavailable due to sabotage, I would SUE the CWA for wrongful death. They’d be guilty of murder.
SWA = CWA, as in the union. Damn fat fingers...
FBI is involved
Lets see here, we are at war, and we have saboteurs...
What, legally, can be done to spies, saboteurs and non-uniformed enemy combatants?
My buddy’s dad is a retired foreman for Verizon. They called him up last week to come back to work as a splicer. Cha-ching!
Id love to see the people who post here, their reactions if the company they worked for decided to open up for bid their position in the company.
Have you read the companys proposal; do you know exactly what the companys new demands are? Remember someone will always work for less.
My buddys dad is a retired foreman for Verizon. They called him up last week to come back to work as a splicer. Cha-ching!
That happens to me every single month of my life.
Pensions and healthcare are two of the issues I know of
BTW, does anybody know the issues involved in this strike?
You’ll have to get it from the horses mouth, MSM won’t tell the truth.
Scabs are where healing begins. ;)
The judge is allowing the strikers to go into private neighborhoods and picket private homes???? I would live in that environment no longer than it would take to pack a truck with my belongings. Can you picture those goons around children in their own neighborhood. No way is that acceptable!! There are more civilized palaces to live other than the loony toons NE.
“Id love to see the people who post here, their reactions if the company they worked for decided to open up for bid their position in the company.”
Many people work in jobs that are exactly like that. This has been the case for many decades.
I read an article the other day where a woman was having some phone work done and picketers were outside her home picketing - I’ll try to find the article and ping you.
Unions have been denying the people their voice by sabotaging the net.
DOD needs to hunt them down.
” IBEW 827 agreed to the proposal and posted a $50,000 bond for payment of incurred future damages.”
“future damages.” HMMMMMMM......
SCAB: Mangy crust like lesions on animals, especially sheep. A lower form of life who justifies scabbing (stealing) another person’s job due to a strike.
Really, the UNION has customers? This is very interesting thinking....
I could not allow myself to live in an environment like that. Union thugs coming on my private property??? I'd be in jail for a long time!!
Judges in the Loony Toons NE allow this????
Sometimes you must stand up to the corporate tyrants and their greed or well all be working for the wal-mart types.
I wish the Strikers well.
Union Strike: an opportunity to lose your job, a gamble, a game of chicken.
Welcome to the free market. When the company can find someone to replace me at a cheaper rate and swallow what it will cost to do so, they’re welcome to do it. I’ll find someone else to whom I can provide greater value.
That’s called efficient allocation of labor in economy, and is what I believe in. Not in “I’m entitled to my job”.
You sure you’re on the right site ? Perhaps DU would be better suited to these sentiments.
Don’t you get it ? Noone is entitled to a job. You have a job by providing some value to the employer. When someone comes along that can provide better value they should have that job. *You* have to continue to compete, instead of expecting someone to keep that job in existence for you.
Speaking as someone from MA - this is the land of dead ted, john media must censor the tea party kerry, deval all illegals should get free everything patrick (clone of HUSSEIN)and other assorted nitwits from ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, and CT, - no surprise for those of us who live in NE!
“Remember someone will always work for less.”
Yeah, and someone will always sell you stuff for less if the other guy wants too much for it. It’s great how markets work in the real world, where greedy unionistas don’t think of their job as a lifetime entitlement.
That statement was from the company management.
Were talking blue collar workers here, $26.00/hr sounds fair to me. Read recent example...
I am hired as a buried wire tech (slave work) at 12.64 in FL. I do not have a college degree but have Cisco, Lucent, FUJI Cert. and plenty of fiber experience. I am only taking this position to get in Verizon as they are only hiring in house for fiber network field techs, just hired 400 of them in house and pay scale max out at 26.00.
I could care less if all the strikers lost their jobs. If they want to risk their personal livelihood as well as their families’ well-being by striking, so be it.
I work on an annual contract basis. Each year my employer has the option of extending my contract for one year with a new salary. My employer has the option to extend the contract, I have the option to decline the offer and take my talents elsewhere.
(Yeah, and someone will always sell you stuff for less if the other guy wants too much for it)
If that means closing down a US factory and moving to China... no thanks, been there, done that.
We need our manufacturing base back for any hope in a recovery here.
Working for a large corporation is not an entitlement. What it should be is a sharing of respect from both labor and management for the good and growth of the company. What we have here now is greed of Wall Street and the race to the bottom for the workers.
I might not be happy, but I wouldn’t be spreading nails on driveways, cutting services to 911 call centers, or pooping on company property over it, I’ll tell you that much.
In the days when Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd did Weekend Update on Sat. Night Live, they had a bit explaining that the Children’s Television Workshop might be going on strike. They spoofed the Electric Company bit about two different people
saying parts of a word.
They used the words PICK-ET and SC-AB and explained what they meant.
Curtin: Now let’s review what we’ve learned.
Curtin: Don’t. It MIGHT become infected.
Shithead: A union member who walks off the job because he has his panties in a bunch, and stands in front of his (former) employer’s place of business being conspicuously un-busy. A Shithead is explicitly NOT a worker, or a laborer, or an employee. He isn’t working. He’s standing (or sitting) doing nothing of value.
If they want to strike, that’s their business and their right. I was working for AT&T fresh out of college (as a computer programmer) back in the late ‘80s and almost got sent from DC to Omaha as some sort of strike replacement thanks to a narrowly-averted CWA strike. I don’t know what they expected me to do considering I’d never done a lick of telephone work in my life, but I was a few days away from finding out.
Striking is their right and that’s fine. Picketing company facilities? Sure. Picketing private homes where Verizon technicians are doing work? Not if they’re trespassing or harassing the occupants in ANY way. Criminal damage? HELL no. The union needs to be the one cracking down on the thugs and vandals, and maybe they’ll get further ahead in the court of public opinion.
So yeah, they can strike. Verizon can also tell them all to go straight to hell if they want. That’s why I much prefer right-to-work states, workers have a legitimate choice as to whether they want a union or not. And in most cases, they DON’T. Because they know that most big unions, in the end, don’t care two poops about the rank-and-file workers. They only care about Democratic politicians and their own union bosses.
The union approved devices are called jackrocks.
Nails have the heads cut off and sharpened, bent to a U shape and then two are welded together in such a manner that when scattered on the road, one sharp point is always up.
(Most big unions, in the end, dont care two poops about the rank-and-file workers. They only care about Democratic politicians and their own union bosses.)
Unions as in the leadership? .. Agreed... as long as the dues money keeps flowing.
Happiness is a union being decertified.
Im a conservative that leans right. I love the USA and give highest honor to our military which defend our freedoms.
Youre a warped, clouded individual.
Jobs belong to the company, not to the worker.
“Arise, ye prisoners of starvation...”
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