For example, thousands of Verizon Wireless and Business employees want the benefits and protections of a union contract, yet management is opposing their efforts to unite in the IBEW and CWA.
Employees and customers in Northern New England are facing a company intent on destroying jobs and quality service by spinning off less profitable parts of its business to a shaky company called FairPoint that doesn’t have the same capacity to expand high speed Internet service throughout the region.
Finally, even here in Massachusetts, Verizon has yet to offer its high-speed fiber optic Internet services to many working class communities, opting instead to focus on high-income cities and towns, only increasing the digital divide.
Next year’s negotiations for a new agreement will be critical to everyone’s future. On August 2, Verizon workers and many of our community allies will rally in a show of unity. But telephone workers can’t stop Verizon’s low-road strategy by ourselves. That will take much broader support from customers, regulators and our elected officials.