45,000 Verizon workers strike

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/07/45000-verizon-workers-strike/

By Reuters
Sunday, August 7th, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unions representing 45,000 Verizon Communications workers called for a strike as negotiations failed for a new labor contract that expired at midnight on Saturday.

Verizon and the unions — The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – had been in talks since late June.

The workers who went on strike on Sunday are technicians and customer support employees in Verizon’s wireline business, which provides Internet and land phone lines to homes and businesses in the U.S. Northeast.

Verizon is looking to keep costs in check at its wireline business, which has been declining for a decade as customers have disconnected their home phones in favor of cellphone and Internet services.

The two sides were unable to agree on issues related to healthcare contributions, pension plans and work rules, according to Verizon and the CWA.

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