Workers ratified a contract between CWA and Verizon on October 19, 2012.
Members of CWA & IBEW at Verizon have been working without a contract for the last year. Despite months of bargaining and significant movement by the unions, management continues to insist on gutting retirement and job security, major concessions in health care, and refuses to bring back thousands of outsourced and off-shored jobs.
Verizon is an enormously profitable company – it made nearly $22 billion in profits over the last five years and paid its top five executives nearly $350 million during that time – yet it is determined to implement unilaterally a concessionary contract that will slash the living standards of CWA and IBEW members. The possibility of a lengthy and difficult strike is looming.
At the same time, Verizon is seeking Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a deal that will allow them to stop competing with the big cable companies like Comcast and Time-Warner, and allow these telecommunications giants to market their products jointly. So instead of the competition envisioned by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the biggest and most powerful telecom companies will be forming an effective monopoly over Internet, Video and Phone service in much of the country. This deal would mean an end to the FiOS build out, leaving upstate cities and rural areas without access to the most advanced high-speed networks, and eliminating consumer choice. In addition, Verizon is openly abandoning its copper network and focusing its strategy on high-end customers only. In short, Verizon’s strategic plan for New York is devastating to both workers and consumers.
UPDATE: The Department of Justice has decided to approve the Verizon/Cable deal.
The Verizon 1% must be stopped but CWA and IBEW cannot do it alone.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call elected officials and tell them to oppose the Verizon/Cable deal.
- Governor Cuomo: 518-473-5442
- Senator Schumer: 212-486-4430
- Senator Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
- Sign the online petition calling on Cuomo, Schumer & Gillibrand to oppose the Verizon/Cable deal.
- Call FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and tell him the FCC should NOT approve the Verizon/cable marketing deal. Phone: 800-230-7676
- Submit a public comment to the FCC. When you get there, click on #7 Verizon Wireless/SpectrumCo and Cox.
- Call Verizon directly and demand they negotiate in good faith for a fair contract: 1-800-229-9460
- Attend a Verizon Picket.
- Organize your own Verizon Picket!
- Join the 99 Pickets text loop: text @pickets to 23559.