Verizon Accuses Strikers Of Sabotage 45,000 Employees On Strike Since Sunday Over Cuts

From Infoshop: http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20110818000053591

Emmanuel Tambakakis/CNN
By David Goldman
August 18, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The rift between Verizon and its 45,000 striking employees grew wider on Friday, after the telecommunications giant called in the FBI to investigate allegations of sabotage.

Verizon spokesman Rich Young said more than 90 acts of sabotage have taken place since the strike began on Sunday. Saboteurs have cut phone lines, affecting the service of several thousand customers primarily in New York and New Jersey but also in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

Acts of sabotage are hardly uncommon in contentious labor strife’s, but Young said that these acts “cross the line.” A police station and a hospital were among those that lost service as a result of the sabotage, he said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Jim Margolin confirmed that an inquiry is under way and is being handled out of the FBI’s Newark, N.J., field office.

The strikers’ union, the Communications Workers of America, condemned the acts.

“CWA does not condone illegal action of any kind, and instructs its members to conduct all strike activities in accordance with labor law,” the union said in a prepared statement.

The merry-go-round of accusations didn’t end there.

CWA spokeswoman Candice Johnson accused Verizon replacement workers and managers of driving vehicles into picketing crowds, striking more than a dozen pickets.

Verizon’s Young accused the strikers of throwing themselves in front of vehicles, which Johnson called “ridiculous.”

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2 Responses to “Verizon Accuses Strikers Of Sabotage 45,000 Employees On Strike Since Sunday Over Cuts”

  1. Jason Says:

    Say it ain’t so. Obamacare actually hurts healthcare benefits? Wow, I think I actually heard some conservative economists predicting this. But of course they are just right wing nuts. You can argue that companies should not value things by verticals, but the fact is, if a vertical is not profitable, it will either be made more profitable or it will be sold off, where another company will make it profitable. You said it yourself, the average Verizon employee makes $40,000 a year. The average Verizon Union employee makes $90,000 plus $50,000 in benefits from what I’ve read. There are only 3 options that I see. 1. Verizon sells off its wireline to another company that will in turn do what it needs to do to make it profitable. 2. Verizon cuts Union benefits by the 40% it is requesting. or 3. Verizon lays off 22,500 of the $40,000 a year workers to equal the same cuts. Doesn’t sound like the upper class Union is looking out for the middle class to me.

    • Suzan Says:

      Nationalizing the Health Care System and confiscating the fortunes of the rich pigs who profited would help. Socialized medicine is superior to that delivered by for profit “Health Care Insurance” and is far more economical as it doesn’t buy private jets for fat cat Wall Street scum.

      Gee some workers in unions manage to be middle class. Imagine that. So the non-union should drag them down instead of attacking the rich scum at the top who have their dicks up the ass of the working class.


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