LONG BEACH, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Protesting months of slow and contentious contract negotiations, Verizon workers, members of the Communications Workers of America, and community supporters are uniting for a Day of Action on Saturday Oct. 12.
“Verizon earned $2.5 billion in the second quarter of this year -- but even as its profits spiral, it wants workers to have less. Verizon doesn't have a money problem; it has a greed problem.”
What: Rallies, leafleting and informational picketing at many Verizon locations, including a major rally in Long Beach beginning at Heartwell Park.
Where and When: In Long Beach, activists will meet at Heartwell Park before 11 am, then march to the Lew Davis building where hundreds of CWA members work for a rally. Contact CWA District 9 for information about other locations.
Why: About 4,500 CWA members at Verizon West are working without a contact. They include FiOS technicians, operators, call center representatives, customer service representatives, cable splicers, field technicians for business and residential service, buried service wire employees and other job titles throughout California.
CWA members are protesting Verizon’s attempt to gut pensions, cut disability benefits and reduce retiree health benefits for workers here in the United States, while looking to send more jobs offshore.
"This corporation is hardly short on cash," said Jim Weitkamp, CWA District 9 vice president. "Verizon earned $2.5 billion in the second quarter of this year -- but even as its profits spiral, it wants workers to have less. Verizon doesn't have a money problem; it has a greed problem."