Want to help a striking worker stand up to Verizon? 5 things you can do:

UPDATE: Big-time air support for the strike from the Star-Ledger Friday morning. See Comments for the link – RE

Can you hear us now? Yesterday, Deciminyan told you about the lie Verizon is telling its customers – you – as it scurries to do damage control as its workers up and down the East Coast went out on strike and drew in Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton in the final hours before the New York Primary. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams fired back at Bernie after the progressive candidate who’s made economic justice his campaign touchpoint devoted much of his massive pre-primary rally at Washington Square Park to the striking workers.

Many thousands of the nearly 40,000 striking workers are from New Jersey. I back the strike as I know many of you do, too. I relate 100% to the issues of fair treatment, kept promises and keeping good jobs in this country. I was going to write this post anyway on how you can lend a hand to the strikers anyway. But I just found out something about the woman organizer at the heart of this strike is having a birthday today.

So, this post is dedicated to Hetty Rosenstein, my favorite badass woman, the woman who pisses off Chris Christie like nobody else, who begins every talk calling her allies sisters and brothers, just like Sanders does. That sentiment is something no poseur can replicate. When you’re in sisters and brothers territory, you know the alliance runs bone deep. I hope as Dems you’ll take a look and see how you can help out.

Some things you could do:

  1. Don’t cross the picket line – join it: Look here or see list below. Striking workers always appreciate snacks, water, pizzas or coffee, if you can swing it, too. But it means a lot if you just show up.
  2. Sign this – it goes to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. Link
  3. Don’t pay on line: Back the strike? Don’t make your business with Verizon any easier than they deserve. Pay your bill with a check.
  4. Got any static or noise on your land line?  If you’ve been meaning to call, now’s a good time: 1-800-VERIZON. If they want to send somebody out, tell them not to send a scab, if you feel that way. We don’t let scabs in the door at my house.   
  5. Join the Rally Monday April 25th – Noon at the Statehouse in Trenton. Details here.

What’s at stake in this strike? The offshoring of thousands of jobs to workers abroad, outsourcing work to low-wage, non-union contractors and outsourcing of 5,000 good jobs to Mexico, the Philippines and Dominican Republic to workers Verizon doesn’t think it has to pay well. And Verizon wants employees to work away from their homes, for months at a time. Most of the striking workers service the company’s landline phone business and FiOS broadband network — not the much larger Verizon Wireless network. Verizon profits? $39 billion in profits over the last 3 years—and $1.8 B a month in profits over the first 3 months of 2016. CWA & IBEW are on strike.

Verizon Corporate Stores – Below with the hours as I’ve been given. Find event details or RSVP here. 

  • Paramus – 469 Route 17 South (Mon, Tues, Wed. pickets 11 – 4)
  • Clifton – 382 Route 3 (Monday – Thursday 11 – 7)
  • Westfield – 109 North Ave West (Mon – Friday 11-7)
  • Union – 2490 US Highway 22 West (Mon – Friday 11 – 7   – Also Saturday morning?)
  • South Plainfield – 7000 Hadley Road  (11 – 7)
  • East Brunswick – Mid State Mall, 314 Route 18  (11 – 7)
  • Lawrenceville, NJ – Mercer mall, 3371 U.S. Hwy 1  (11 – 7)
  • Manalapan – 55 U.S. Hwy 9 (11 – 7)
  • Long Branch – 301 Rt. 36 West  (11-7)
  • Toms River – 1278-12 Hooper Ave  (11-7)
  • Manahawkin – 601 Washington Ave (11- 7)
  • Cherry Hill – 2435 Route 38 East (11-7)
  • Mt. Laurel – 1211 Route 73 (11 – 7)

Oh, and a 6th thing I just thought of: Follow #VerizonStrike and #Standup2VZ on Twitter. While you’re at it, please also follow @BlueJersey

Comment (1)

  1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Missed this editorial in the Ledger this morning:

    In a parking lot near Syracuse last Friday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who makes $18 million a year, walked up to a picket line and said to his striking workers, “To be honest, I’m not sure why you’re out here.”

    It was an illuminating snapshot of the disconnect between a corporation and its employees, all caught on video, and it illustrates how even a tech titan built on recognizing consumer behavior can’t grasp the basic needs of its own workforce.

    Read it at the Ledger: Bad Connection: Verizon’s poor deal to workers


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