The 2016 Verizon workers strike
By Mark Witkowski, 31 October 2020
The telecom giant slashed 3,500 jobs in the Midwest alone in spite of strong demand for broadband internet access due to large numbers of people working from home.
By Samuel Davidson, 15 March 2018
Twelve days into the strike by 1,400 telecommunication workers against Frontier, the union is seeking to isolate and wear down strikers.
By Jake Dean, 11 July 2017
After AT&T workers in California and Nevada rejected the sellout deal, the CWA immediately agreed to federal mediation, a blackout on information and a no-strike pledge.
By Mark Witkowski and Shannon Jones, 20 May 2017
While continuing the isolation of workers at Spectrum, the CWA has organized a token, three-day, strike against AT&T West and AT&T Mobility.
“The union signed away their rights”
By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2016
Since the Communications Workers of America sold out the seven-week Verizon strike in May, the union has said nothing about the fate of some two dozen workers victimized by management in the course of the walkout.
“We were out on strike for 50 days for nothing”
By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2016
The vote to ratify does not represent a show of confidence by Verizon workers in the CWA and IBEW. It rather demonstrates that workers saw that nothing further could be gained based on the bankrupt strategy of the unions.
By our reporters, 14 June 2016
With voting ending at the end of this week, workers have yet to see the full contract, which includes some $200 million in health care cuts.
By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2016
A coterie of pseudo-left groups that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party are more and more being called into service to prop up the unions.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 June 2016
After their first week back on the job, Verizon workers are facing concerted pressure from management and the unions to vote “yes” on the sellout contract proposal.
By Kumaran Ira, 9 June 2016
The NPA's position on the Verizon strike is a warning that it will also support a sellout of the strike movement against the French government's austerity policies.
“Why should CEOs get double and triple raises and we get health care cuts?
By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2016
The Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the media have unleashed a barrage of propaganda to back the sellout deal
By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2016
Verizon workers are reporting stepped up harassment from management since the unions shut down the seven-week strike.
By Jerry White, 2 June 2016
The CWA and IBEW conspired with the Obama administration to prevent a unified struggle of workers against declining real wages and the explosion of social inequality.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2016
With Verizon workers demobilized by the unions, management set out to implement a new regime of harassment by victimizing militant workers for wearing red strike T-shirts.
By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2016
Workers are continuing to register their opposition to the moves by the CWA and IBEW to conclude the strike ahead of a contract ratification vote.
By Daniel de Vries and Joseph Kishore, 1 June 2016
The ISO’s Socialist Worker, along with Jacobin magazine, are stepping up efforts to provide a left cover for the shut-down of the Verizon strike by the CWA and the IBEW.
By Shannon Jones, 31 May 2016
Workers are opposing the attempt by the unions to shut down the Verizon strike and ram through a sellout agreement without discussion or review.
No contract, No work!
By the WSWS <em>Verizon Strike Newsletter</em>, 31 May 2016
Workers must demand that the CWA and IBEW rescind their back-to-work order and give them sufficient time to study and vote on any agreement before returning to their jobs.
By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2016
After announcing an “agreement in principle,” the CWA and IBEW are attempting to shut down the strike before workers review and vote on a new contract.
By our reporter, 30 May 2016
The petition insists on the right of workers to study and vote on a contract with Verizon before they return to work.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2016
The union executives’ collusion in the information blackout demanded by the Obama administration is a telltale sign that they are preparing a sellout of the embattled Verizon workers.
Workers have a right to read full contract document
Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 27 May 2016
Everything depends on the initiative of rank-and-file workers if this heroic fight is not to end up in another betrayal like 2011.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 May 2016
The Communications Workers of America shut down the strike by AT&T West on Tuesday in an effort to block a wider strike by telecom workers on both coasts.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 May 2016
Verizon's chief executive officer made it clear at a conference of telecom executives Tuesday that the company will not back down on its demands for sweeping job cuts and concessions.
“The bottom line is money”
By our reporters, 25 May 2016
The WSWS spoke to some of the 1,700 striking AT&T workers about the political issues involved in their strike and the ongoing strike of 39,000 workers at Verizon.
“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”
By our reporters, 24 May 2016
AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.
By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016
Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.
By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2016
President Obama, Congressional Democrats and the unions are intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike before it becomes the catalyst for a broader movement of the working class.
By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 21 May 2016
Workers said they were determined to defeat any attempt by the unions to repeat the sellout of 2011, when the CWA and IBEW ended a strike without a contract.
By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016
The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.
By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2016
After telling workers they would not accede to Verizon’s demands for a federal mediator, the CWA and the IBEW agreed to mediation as talks restarted Tuesday.
By our reporter, 20 May 2016
Verizon strikers from throughout the East Coast of the United States discussed and debated the way forward during a two-hour call hosted by the WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter.
Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 20 May 2016
The five-week strike by 40,000 Verizon workers can only be taken forward by mobilizing the strength of the entire working class.
By Shannon Jones, 19 May 2016
The federal mediator overseeing contract talks, Allison Beck, is a tried and tested representative of the corporate establishment.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 May 2016
The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed to a federal mediator during talks overseen by the Obama administration.
Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2016
The month-long strike by 40,000 workers at Verizon Communications in the eastern United States is at a critical juncture.
By Sandy English, 16 May 2016
Union officials in Brooklyn called the police to stop strikers from speaking to the WSWS, just days after an NYPD cop, driving a van load of scabs, ran down a striking worker.
By our reporters, 16 May 2016
The US Labor Department announced that Verizon, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would resume negotiations Tuesday.
Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 16 May 2016
The strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers is at a crossroads. Jerry White, the SEP’s candidate for US president, will host a call to discuss the way forward for striking workers.
“It will come to us next”
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2016
There is widespread support for the striking Verizon workers, even as the unions are isolating their struggle as they work with the corporation to impose concessions.
World Socialist Web Site Verizon Strike Newsletter Online Forum
14 May 2016
Participating in the call will be the Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate and WSWS labor editor, Jerry White
By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2016
The silence of the CWA on the recent attack on a Verizon picket in Queens, New York is encouraging more violent assaults on strikers
By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016
A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.
By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2016
The concessions being demanded by the company reflect the insatiable drive by the banks and transnational corporations for ever-greater returns on investment.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016
The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
By Sandy English, 10 May 2016
A Verizon striker was struck by a van carrying scabs from a hotel in the borough of Queens in New York City. Strikers say the vehicle was driven by a uniformed cop.
“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”
9 May 2016
A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.
By our reporters, 6 May 2016
There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions.
By Samuel Davidson, 5 May 2016
Verizon is demanding deep cuts to health care for both active and retired workers along with rule changes.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 May 2016
The company's demands for job cuts and sweeping health care and pension concessions, come as Verizon continues to post immense profits.
“This is the turning point for all of us”
By our reporters, 30 April 2016
Verizon workers are determined to continue their fight for jobs, wages and working conditions, while the unions are isolating the strike and seeking a way to impose management demands.
By Tom Hall, 29 April 2016
The authors equate the selfish institutional interests of the union bureaucracy with the interests of the workers, covering up the actual record of the unions’ treachery.
By our reporters, 28 April 2016
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White received a warm reception from Boston Verizon workers who are entering their third week on strike and will soon face the loss of health benefits.
By Steve Filips, 27 April 2016
The unions are working to isolate different sections of telecommunications workers and prevent a unified struggle with the 39,000 striking Verizon workers in the US Northeast.
By our reporters, 26 April 2016
Workers told the WSWS that they are increasingly frustrated and angry over the lack of information from the unions and the absence of any strategy to win the strike.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 April 2016
Verizon is sticking to its demands for concessions, particularly cuts to healthcare and pensions, along with contract changes that would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.
By our reporters, 23 April 2016
In his first campaign stop, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Verizon workers about their strike and the need for the international unity of the working class.
“The company makes a billion dollars every quarter and is trying to take away everything”
By Jerry White, 22 April 2016
As the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers entered its second week, the giant telecom ramped up its provocations by charging strikers with “sabotage.”
“It’s reached a point where we had to stand up to them, and we are”
By our reporters, 21 April 2016
Hundreds of Verizon workers on Wednesday picketed a Verizon facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is being used to coordinate the company’s strikebreaking operations.
By Shelley Connor, 21 April 2016
Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.
By Jerry White, 20 April 2016
While workers are determined to wage a militant battle, they have been repeatedly undermined by the telecom unions, which offered $200 million in concessions.
By Jerry White, 19 April 2016
While workers have displayed determination and tenacity, every action by the CWA and IBEW has only encouraged the intransigence of the telecom giant.
By Jerry White, 18 April 2016
As 39,000 workers fight the telecom giant, the trade unions are doing everything they can to isolate workers and force them into submission.
By our reporters, 18 April 2016
The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.
“There is a lot of frustration about going back to work in 2011 without a contract”
By our reporters, 16 April 2016
Striking workers said they are determined to continue the struggle in the face of open strikebreaking by the company, which has trained 20,000 nonunion management personnel as replacements.
“Not just for us, but for other workers too”
By our reporters, 15 April 2016
On picket lines in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania reporters from the WSWS talked to strikers about the significance of the walkout by 39,000 Verizon workers.
By Samuel Davidson and Zac Corrigan, 15 April 2016
On the picket line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, striking Verizon workers speak out against intolerable working conditions and cuts to health care and pensions.
By our reporters, 14 April 2016
The walkout is an expression of the pent up anger of workers all across the US after years of declining or stagnating wages and record corporate profits.
By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016
The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.
By Maria Kovalenko, 12 April 2016
If the walkout takes place it would involve some 40,000 communication workers on the East Coast of the US, from Massachusetts to Virginia.
By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 5 August 2015
Unions at telecom giant Verizon have ignored the overwhelming strike vote by tens of thousands of workers.
By Maria Kovalenko, 13 January 2015
The labor agreement covering 40,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States expires in August.
By Mark Witkowski, 11 September 2014
Verizon New York has sold buildings which previously housed its operations centers employing thousands of workers.
By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013
AT&T West workers resoundingly rejected a proposed contract that would have capped wages at $22 an hour and offered paltry health care plans.
By Samuel Davidson, 22 September 2012
The 44,000 communication workers should reject the tentative contract negotiated between Verizon, the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
By a reporting team, 15 August 2012
The union bureaucracy dragooned Verizon workers, who have been working without a contract for one year and face the threat of imposed concessions, into a rally aimed at boosting the electoral prospects of Obama and the Democrats.
By a reporting team, 15 August 2012
While the AFL-CIO organized the rally to promote the Democrats, a number of workers who came voiced opposition to this policy.
By Samuel Davidson, 5 September 2011
Two weeks after shutting down a strike of 45,000 Verizon workers, unions are in ongoing negotiations with management over massive concessions in health care, pensions and job security.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 August 2011
Verizon and the unions are set to begin negotiating one week after the unions called off the strike of 45,000 workers. The WSWS spoke to several workers in New York City.
By Tom Eley, 25 August 2011
In demanding deep cuts to workers’ health insurance, Verizon cited Obama’s imposition of taxes on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans.
25 August 2011
This letter, written by one of the organizers of the Indianapolis Rank-and-File Committee, advises Verizon workers to build new organizations to carry forward the struggle against the company.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 August 2011
At least 80 Verizon workers were suspended during the two-week strike, and are now left at the mercy of the company.
By Jerry White, 23 August 2011
The International Socialist Organization is defending the unions responsible for the sellout of the strike by 45,000 Verizon telecom workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2011
The decision of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to end the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers demonstrates that workers cannot mount a successful fight against the attacks of the corporations unless they break free of the organizational stranglehold of the official trade unions.
By Andre Damon, 22 August 2011
Many Verizon workers responded to the announcement with a mixture of shock, suspicion and anger .
By Tom Eley, 20 August 2011
Two striking Verizon workers could face up to 18 months in jail and a $3,500 fine for allegedly blocking the vehicle of a strike-breaker in the first week of the strike.
By a WSWS reporting team, 19 August 2011
An examination of the injunctions leveled against the Verizon strikers show that they undermine core democratic rights of the workers.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 August 2011
A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and supporters protested the approval of a contract between the New York City Department of Education and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools.
By Andre Damon, 18 August 2011
On August 7, 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike against $1 billion a year in wage and benefit concessions demanded by the company.
“Five percent of the population will be wealthy, with everyone else fighting for food”
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2011
Verizon has sent letters to all 45,000 striking workers informing them that they will lose health care and other benefits in order to place further pressure upon strikers to return to work.
“This isn’t a negotiation. It’s more like dictating.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 August 2011
Verizon has escalated its attack on the 45,000 striking telecommunication workers, stating that all workers will lose their health and other benefits on September 1. This follows reports that Verizon will fire any workers it accuses of sabotage or unlawful activities.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 August 2011
As the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers in the US enters its second week, the government is aggressively intervening on the side of the company to strangle the resistance of the workers to sweeping concessions demands.
“Gerry was run down like a dog”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2011
Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the death of Gerry Horgan, a 34-year-old telecommunications worker who was killed by a strikebreaker while manning a picket in 1989.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 August 2011
New York has begun using special anti-terror police units to aid Verizon’s strike-breaking operation and the FBI has announced an investigation into the company’s allegations of sabotage by strikers.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 August 2011
The World Socialist Web Site continued its interviews of strikers throughout the region over the weekend, speaking to workers in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Virginia.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 August 2011
The CWA and IBEW have made clear they are prepared to end the strike of 45,000 Verizon workers without any guarantees from the company. The FBI, meanwhile, has announced an investigation into Verizon’s allegations of “sabotage.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 August 2011
On Friday, the WSWS spoke to Verizon workers in upstate New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as their strike ends its first week.
“They are trying to make the worker an indentured servant to corporate America”
By a WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2011
The walkout by 45,000 telecommunication workers against Verizon has entered its sixth day with the propaganda blitz by the company and media branding strikers as saboteurs and overpaid relics.
“The whole world needs to go on strike”
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 August 2011
45,000 telecommunication worker enter the fifth day of their strike against Verizon, the nation’s second largest provider of telephone service and its largest wireless carrier.
Socialist Equality Party (US), 11 August 2011
Five days into their strike, 45,000 Verizon workers face a determined drive by the corporation to impose massive concessions, slashing wages and benefits and moving to reduce workers to the status of casualized labor.