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45,000 Verizon Workers Go On Strike Over Contract
Fox News / Associated Press ^ | August 7th, 2011

Posted on 08/06/2011 10:43:13 PM PDT by Wiggins

Tens of thousands of unionized Verizon Communications Inc. workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., went on strike early Sunday after they failed to agree on a new labor contract with the telecommunications company.

The Communications Workers of America said negotiations in Philadelphia and New York stalled Saturday night after Verizon continued to demand more than 100 concessions from workers and the unions refused to budge.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/07/45000-verizon-workers-could-strike-over-contract/#ixzz1UJlpQfth

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: verizon; verizonsucks

1 posted on 08/06/2011 10:43:15 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Wiggins

We’re in a recession. Unemployment is 9.1%... or higher. The credit rating just got downgraded. And these people want to go on strike.


2 posted on 08/06/2011 10:45:15 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Wiggins

Dumbasses


3 posted on 08/06/2011 10:46:10 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Wiggins

I am betting, in a major economic disturbance that people wont give up their $150 family 4g plan...

Brilliant!


4 posted on 08/06/2011 10:48:30 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Wiggins

I know someone in management for Verizon in TX that is going to be a replacement worker. They’re pretty worried about being away from home for an extended period and also about safety.


5 posted on 08/06/2011 10:49:36 PM PDT by balch3
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To: Terry Mross

These spoiled jackasses wanted 100 concessions?? Most people in America want one..to be employed. I’ll bet thousands of let-go IT guys in the past 3 months alone would be glad to take the jobs of these clowns.


6 posted on 08/06/2011 10:49:55 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Wiggins
It's real easy to "hate" Verizon. Putting that aside, if Verizon fires 45K because of this stunt; I support them. Chances are however, the government will step in and say otherwise since the telco's (this one included) are running government social programs at the expense of their regular paying customer base.
7 posted on 08/06/2011 10:51:33 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Terry Mross

45,000 jobs just opened up. Good Lord. It would take a few days to get them back to 100% with the skill and talent ready to go. So be it.


8 posted on 08/06/2011 10:53:20 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Wiggins

Union popularity has been trending down for years.

There are hundreds of unemployed people for every one job opening.

One would think that these union workers would discern that this isn’t 1972.

Then again, they are leftists.


9 posted on 08/06/2011 10:53:22 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Wiggins

I love it!

Verizon is the single worst service or product I have come across in my 53 years of life!

I hope they all get axed.


10 posted on 08/06/2011 10:55:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Life as Nancy Pelosi knows & wants it, must end, Life As Nancy Knows it is to raise Debt 10% annualy)
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To: Terry Mross

Obviously, they believe in their pro-union president.


11 posted on 08/06/2011 10:58:54 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Democrats: debt, dependence and derision)
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To: Wiggins

Doesn’t seem like a very smart move in this day and age.

Can you hear me now?


12 posted on 08/06/2011 10:59:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: NoLibZone

The idiots need to understand this is no time to be demanding a damn thing. The fools will be replaced with those ready to go.


13 posted on 08/06/2011 11:00:58 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Wiggins

LOL. Prefect© timing. /s


14 posted on 08/06/2011 11:03:20 PM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: eyedigress

not open, lost, the company can just move to another state or another country


15 posted on 08/06/2011 11:06:26 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Wiggins

The Union is about to learn about the folly of striking during a depression.


16 posted on 08/06/2011 11:18:15 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: smokingfrog

It makes you wonder sometimes what these people could be thinking of.


17 posted on 08/06/2011 11:18:38 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Terry Mross
I was a manager at PacBell when the 1989 strike hit. I was assigned to check all the offices in the desert. El Centro, Holtville, Calexico, Imperial, Calipatria, Brawley and Niland. 12 hours on, 12 hours off. My shift was 7 PM to 7 AM. The strike coincided with the Perseid meteor shower. Great viewing in the desert. Lots of driving. Food and lodging covered. Getting hit with spray from a passing ag plane and passing out for 4 hours in the Calipatria central office was the worst thing that happened. Apparently, I'm real sensitive to the organophospates they were using.

The Bell operating companies always string a strike along until the wages and benefits saved during the strike exceed the concessions they intend to offer at the table. The more they ask, the longer the strike will run. The union members ALWAYS lose. The fat cat union bosses really don't give a damn. They understand the game. The BOCs usually learn what union labor they can do without in the strike too. While I was out, the computer facility was fitted with new robotic tape handlers. 100% of the non-management personnel handling tapes on my floor were out of a job at the end of the strike. One manager could swap out the 8mm tapes each morning on the UNIX boxes. The big robotic tape handlers cared for the mainframes. In the desert, the step by step switches were replaced with new digital switching machines that are remotely administered. Most of the non-management folks in the desert didn't have a job after the strike either. I took advantage of having the non-management folks out of the CO buildings and fixed many trouble tickets that they refused to work while they had a contract. Tough beans guys. They got fixed while you were making idiots of yourselves in the parking lot.

18 posted on 08/06/2011 11:29:57 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin
I'm a retired 30 year employee from SBC and you are absolutely correct on the strike durations. I asked how long a strike would be and the UNION bosses said 21 days at most. It was 21 days exactly. My boss told me that to get the package we asked for the company estimated 3 weeks of strike would cover it. The company saved the money and the union crowed they had taken on the giant corporation and won. Win- win, as they say. The only problem I found was I was paying dues for this crap. So, being from a "right to work" state, I quit the union and saved the dues.

Didn't much care for the company, but hated the union. What a bunch of con men.

19 posted on 08/06/2011 11:50:21 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: NoLibZone

I am switching to t-mobile myself..been a Verizon Wireless customer for 7 years but wanted to get an Android phone for the first time and with Verizon the data plan package is ridiculously expensive so I am hopping on board my sister’s family plan that she shares with her husband. Instead of paying 38.50 now and I only get 400 min and 100 text messages, I am going to pay 30 bucks, get 500 min, unlimited texts and 2gb of internet so I am gaining instead of losing


20 posted on 08/07/2011 12:10:39 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: NoLibZone

You must never have experienced AT&T. Make Verizon look like angels in comparison.


21 posted on 08/07/2011 12:17:40 AM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Unfortunately AT&T is buying out T-Mobile and they are throttling unlimited plans. AT&T is the ultimate in evil as far as telcos go.


22 posted on 08/07/2011 12:21:48 AM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: packrat35

I am hoping that AT&T does NOT buying T-mobile..so many people will leave T-mobile if that happens since AT&T is utter poo. Here in LA the reception for T-mobile is pretty darn good so for the price it was worth switching..but I am hoping the buyout does not happen


23 posted on 08/07/2011 12:28:56 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Screw Verizon!!!

They are moving jobs to India as fast as they can. Several friends of mine were laid off last week.

24 posted on 08/07/2011 12:37:32 AM PDT by Taylor42
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To: Taylor42

That is why I am switching..just waiting for my new phone to arrive..should be sometime this week..Verizon has great reception but the prices for the data plan are ridiculous and they would not lower the price for me since I am a long time member so I left


25 posted on 08/07/2011 12:38:48 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Wiggins

Funniest thing I have read all day!

Cell phones are NOT a critical must have item, I live just fine without them, and always get annoyed when people call me on them, the sound quality is always crap.

Maybe we will get a twofer here, union idiots get to lose their former jobs, and some subscribers get enough sense to just drop their cell “service”.


26 posted on 08/07/2011 12:58:17 AM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Wiggins

I went on strike against Verizon years ago when I dumped their cell phone service.

“You have three unheard messages. The following three messages have not been heard. First unheard message”


27 posted on 08/07/2011 1:28:16 AM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: balch3

Give me the guys phone number. Id love to tell him how badly he has managed the company. I hope he has to pull double shifts listeming to customer complaints. Absolute worst customer service. Give him my regards. I dont feel sorry for him in the least.


28 posted on 08/07/2011 1:32:59 AM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

T mobile is waaaaaay better than Verizon. Make the switch. I made the same move. The MyTouch 4G android is a bit buggy. Great features though. Camera and camcorder are top quality. Web browsing is excellent. Im posting using my phone right now. Customer service is really good


29 posted on 08/07/2011 1:44:47 AM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: Wiggins

I also think the Union is really out to lunch. If Verizon caves and raises rates for subscribers then this subscriber is going to go on strike and drop their services.


30 posted on 08/07/2011 4:43:25 AM PDT by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: Terry Mross
I'm a postal worker in the APWU union and I pay $126/mo. for federal Blue Cross. Verizon employees apparently were paying $0 and it was to go up to $100/month. My deal isn't bad, and even if they have to pay, that's still not all that bad.

I have Verizon for landline and Virgin Mobile for cell...I think the union's complaining about obscene profits for the company and now they have to kick in for health care...

>>Verizon wants workers to contribute more for health benefits, including beginning to pay monthly premiums for the first time, while the unions say their members can’t accept the financial burden given the current economy.

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I've been with USPS since 1986 and have always had to pay.

>>>Richard Young, a spokesman for Verizon, said the company is only asking that union workers contribute upfront for health care like other employees do. The changes are necessary to keep the country’s second-largest phone company competitive, he saidVerizon wants unionized workers, who currently pay no monthly premiums for health care, to begin contributing at least $100 a month, or $1,200 a year.

>>“We’re looking to bring our union more in line with what the rest of the workers pay,” said Young, adding that about 130,000 of the company’s approximately 196,000 employees already contribute to health-care premiums.

“Verizon pays $400,000 an hour on health care,” he said. “This is a significant cost factor.”

The CWA called the proposal a radical change. Verizon is a profitable company that pays senior executives well and isn’t in danger of going out of business, said Master. “These are really, really hard economic times,” he said.

31 posted on 08/07/2011 4:47:26 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: NoLibZone

Maybe I’m missing something here but Verizon has given my family a pretty darned good product. With our mobile-to-mobile plan we can keep in touch all over the place without being counted toward our monthy minutes. We have a product where we know exactly what it will cost each month.


32 posted on 08/07/2011 4:53:52 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Terry Mross
We’re in a recession. Unemployment is 9.1%... or higher. The credit rating just got downgraded. And these people want to go on strike.

Anyone need any more proof that we've become Greece?

Early market trading for the U.S. starts at 5pm EST this afternoon, watch the early market indicators ... can pretty much guarantee they're going to rocket down, especially after the Democrats on today's talking head shows demand tax increases saying the S&P downgrade justifies them.

We haven't seen anything yet on the unemployment front. If you think 9.1 or 10.2% last summer was bad, just wait.

33 posted on 08/07/2011 4:55:45 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Loud Mime

Actually, Verizon Communications (wireline) got a new CEO on August 1. Previously, Lowell McAdam was CEO of Verizon Wireless (a separate entity) which is a non-union shop.


34 posted on 08/07/2011 5:17:40 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX
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To: raccoonradio

WAY back in the Dark Ages, the news used to give the facts about union demands i.e. wage increases. Then they discovered that the public thought the unions were greedy so they quit giving the details, just generalizations. Now unions are fighting health insurance premiums. The public has to pay health insurance premiums so their sympathy is slight. The news will have to stop mentioning the demand to help the unions.


35 posted on 08/07/2011 5:25:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: eyedigress

I was with ATT for 23 years and Verizon will not hire me because I don’t have an associates degree, yet I understand the base level cycles of a 4ESS switching system -vs- some college kid that wouldn’t have a clue.......


36 posted on 08/07/2011 8:16:16 AM PDT by geege
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To: geege

Do you know anybody that could help you get your foot in the door?

I work for some engineering managers and staff engineers at a major corp. without degrees. They just happen to be darn good at what they do.


37 posted on 08/07/2011 8:29:15 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Wiggins

The strikers are acting against Verizon Communications - the LAND LINE company - NOT the wireless company

Verizon Wireless, the cellular company is joint venture of Verizon Communications and UK wireless operator Vodafone. Make sure you're railing against the proper entities with your rants people... :)

38 posted on 08/07/2011 8:37:30 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: bjc
I have a verizon FIOS Quad package, Internet, Television, Telephone and Cellular. When my contract is up I'm scaling back everything. Especially if I get hit with a big price increase. The service itself is good but TV is just plain horrible. The programming that is. Not really Verizon's fault although they did add Al Jazeera to their TV package. Not too happy about that. I'm in an excellent cellular area so there isn't any need for a land-line either.
39 posted on 08/07/2011 9:49:18 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: chuckles

After moving from being a toll COE, I was a happier camper as a systems analyst. I left as a D55 (3rd level technical manager). I found a useful way to work with my union staff in the computer room. The 3 piece suit stayed in the closet. When I had a critical need for cabling to be installed, I ran it myself and left the connectors “in the wood”. I scheduled the craft folks yo do the install. They were finished in minutes, but go credit for the hours it would have taken. I met my schedule. Win-win. No grievances.


40 posted on 08/07/2011 11:07:01 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: eyedigress

I was dam good at what I did as well, unfortunately for me there were 2 midnight sleepers that had more seniority then me....They are still there sleeping on their “affirmative action” job....Anyway it’s Verizon’s loss....I’m pursuing other opportunities.....


41 posted on 08/07/2011 11:48:44 AM PDT by geege
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