Verizon workers vote to strike if required
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.”