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45,000 Striking Verizon Workers: Can You Hear Us Now?

45,000 Striking Verizon Workers: Can You Hear Us Now?

We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate, thereby leading to a series of labor disputes. Don't believe it? Just look at the evidence. The NFL season was in jeopardy while owners and players disputed a new collective bargaining agreement, and after reportedly switching to Gatorade (reported by us, based on nothing), finally hammered out a new deal. NBA players and owners, meanwhile, both seem content to wipe out the upcoming basketball season rather than agree to terms on how to best split billions of dollars. Want more proof? Look at the telco world, where 45,000 Verizon workers have gone on strike because the two sides couldn't come up with a new contract.


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Bargaining began on June 22nd, and according to the Communications Workers of America union, "Verizon has refused to move from a long list of concession demands... As a result, CWA and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) have decided to take the unprecedented step of striking until Verizon stops its Wisconsin-style tactics and starts bargaining seriously."

For you sports fans, that sounds a lot like the verbiage being used by David Stern and NBA owners towards its players, and underscores that the two sides may be further apart than most realize. In a note on its website, Verizon explains it's "asking our union-represented employees to help us on a variety of issues that could streamline our processes and further reduce our Wireline cost structure while keeping their overall compensation and benefits among the best in corporate America." Verizon claims that some of the original contract's provisions were hammered out when the telco "was under far less competitive pressure" and  "are not in line with the economic realities of business today."


The striking workers aren't buying it, pointing out that Verizon's reported revenues for 2011 came to $108 billion, including $6 billion in net profits. Furthermore, striking workers take exception to Verizon's top five executives being compensated to the tune for $258 million over the past four years.

On the other side of the coin, Verizon's wireline business declined 0.3 percent (revenue) in the second quarter, and dropped 2.2 percent in the Q1 2011.
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I agree with the sign although it should say Verizon and At&t are both evil to fully express the situation, and I guess they should also throw in the FCC, the Justice Department and heck I guess the entire government as well as it's 2 corporate boards the Republican and Democratic parties in all of each of there forms!

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"We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate..."

It's not the water. It's greedy Management refusing to negotiate with employees who want a reasonable living wage, adjusted for the increased costs of living caused by decades of Reaganomics. Look at Wisconsin, where the Government issued fiats to essentially criminalize organized labor negotiations, thus ensuring that competent teachers (among others) would move away from Wisconsin.

When Management starts thinking they own the employees, that's when the employees tell Management where they can stick their "negotiations."

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Competitive pressure? Are you f*cking kidding me? There are only 4 damn cell companies and when it comes to land lines there are even less. If anything Verizon and At&t need to be split up as there is not near enough competition with all the damn price fixing these companies do.

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""Verizon's reported revenues for 2011 came to $108 billion, including $6 billion in net profits.""

And 2011 isn't even over yet. Angry

These companies make a crap-load of money and they aren't even willing to build sufficient bandwidth to support all of the data hungry phones that they're foisting off onto the public. What good is a magnificent, capable of anything phone if you can't use it's capabilities to the fullest?

They're planning to squeeze the public until we demand that the government pay to expand their networks for them.

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I agree with you drago competitive pressure is a huge lie there is less pressure now then there has ever been. As for land lines many markets only have the choice of one telco.

@realneil that will be the day that the government pays to expand the networks, I really hope not at least. Though they could stand to force a certain amount of profits be invested back into the network each year.

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omegadraco:
that will be the day that the government pays to expand the networks, I really hope not

Just this ONE COMPANY made over 6 BILLION, (not million) in profits this year so far,.............But they really are all lax in bolstering their capabilities. Why not invest into their infrastructure? What holds them back?

The company that can offer truly unlimited service again will obviously get a heck of a lot of business, but they hesitate,.........

I think that they have some sneaky crap up their sleeves,.....and they're 'playing' the whole country. (can you tell that I don't trust any of them?)

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