Ver­i­zon work­ers vote to strike if re­quired

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Ver­i­zon work­ers in nine states have voted to go on strike, if nec­es­sary, in a con­tract dis­pute.

At a New York rally Satur­day, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers of Amer­ica an­nounced that 86 per­cent of Ver­i­zon work­ers who voted in a re­cent poll backed strike ac­tion if re­quired. A con­tract that cov­ers 39,000 work­ers rep­re­sented by the CWA and the In­ter­na­tional Brother­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers ex­pires at mid­night Aug. 1.

The con­tract cov­ers em­ploy­ees from Mas­sachusetts to Vir­ginia who work for Ver­i­zon’s wire-line busi­ness, which of­fers fixed-line phone ser­vice and Fios In­ter­net ser­vice.

Ver­i­zon spokesman Rich Young said that the com­pany had made the unions “a solid pro­posal that rec­og­nizes the chang­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions land­scape and of­fers a path to­ward suc­cess.”

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