Tentative Agreement in Verizon Strike

The largest strike in America in the last 5 years – by almost 40,000 CWA and IBEW workers from Massachusetts to Virginia – may be nearing an end. The Department of Labor has announced an agreement in principle between Verizon and the labor unions representing workers in six-week strike. The 4-year agreement, now being put into writing, with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez saying he expects that the strikers will be “back on the job next week.”

Adding from CWA’s statement a few minutes ago, the union will now take down pickets, and announces that among agreed items is the first contract for retail wireless workers, adding union jobs on the East Coast, and improvements to workers’ standard of living. When I have details, I’ll post them for the benefit of all those who dropped by to walk the picket line in solidarity, brought coffee, or sent pizzas. Or showed up with the Bus for Progress.

Just yesterday, picket lines in four corners of New Jersey swelled with the support of NJ Bernie Sanders supporters and other friends from the labor movement. Sanders made the issues in the Verizon strike – including shipping good jobs overseas and breaking promises to retired workers – an issue as he campaigned in both New York and New Jersey. And Hillary Clinton also visited picket lines during the lead-up to the NY primary.

The deal came after 13 days of negotiation at the Dept. of Labor and will next be submitted to union members for ratification.

I hope the agreement reached is a fair one and members see reason to pass it. There will be more at #victoryatverizon on Twitter.

Photo: Deciminyan

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  1. deciminyan

    CWA Press Release:

    Striking Verizon Workers Win Big Gains

    Union to take down pickets; company agrees to add good union jobs on the East Coast

    First contract for retail wireless workers; improves workers’ overall standard of living

    Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after coming to an agreement in principle with the company. After 44 days of the largest strike in recent history, striking CWA members have achieved our major goals of improving working families’ standard of living, creating good union jobs in our communities and achieving a first contract for wireless retail store workers.

    “CWA appreciates the persistence and dedication of Secretary Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck and their entire teams. The addition of new, middle-class jobs at Verizon is a huge win not just for striking workers, but for our communities and our country as a whole. The agreement in principle at Verizon is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” said Chris Shelton, President of the Communications Workers of America. “This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect the American middle class.”


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