Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are on strike from Massachusetts to Virginia. They are not only striking to save their jobs and maintain their healthcare, they are on strike for all of us, to stop the outsourcing and offshoring of decent paying union jobs. The workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Despite $39 billion profit in last three years, Verizon continues to outsource work to low-wage contractors and has moved 5,000 jobs overseas to super-exploit workers in Mexico and the Philippines. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam makes over $18 million per year, while Verizon refuses to invest in high-speed Internet infrastructure. Verizon has left millions of households and businesses without access to FiOS. In New York City alone, Verizon broke its franchise agreement signed in 2008 to make FiOS available to all of the city’s households by September 2014.
The AFL-CIO has released a petition in support of the striking workers, who are taking a great risk to exercise their right to strike: