The Verizon strike – affecting 45,000 workers on the Eastern Seaboard – is over. The unions agreed to a 30-day return to work, effective midnight August 23, with work beginning Tuesday, which either side can cancel with a 7-day notice. And negotiations will continue as that old contract remains in force. Joint statement from CWA & IBEW:
We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. The major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed.
Earlier this week there was a large, peaceful protest outside Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam’s house in leafy Mendham, to bring middle class workplace issues to the very front door of a CEO whose compensation (from the very profitable Verizon) is in the millions.
Verizon engaged in a huge public relations campaign to counter the effect of viral strike videos, and picket lines of red-shirted union workers. Newspaper ads. Radio and TV blitz, all about how happy their customers are.
This customer supported the strike (maybe strike-supporting customers didn’t occur to Verizon). My cell phone’s busted, and I wasn’t about to walk it in to Verizon. Now I can.