45,000 Verizon Workers Strike As Last-Minute Contract Negotiations Fall Through

Having trouble reaching your Verizon telephone contact today? Could be because he or she, along with 45,000 other workers, went on strike at midnight following failed 11th-hour contract negotiations.

Verizon claims customers will only experience "limited disruption" due to the strike because manager-level employees and retirees are quickly filling the just-vacated union ranks. The company also claims any cost cutting to its wired workforce leading up to the strike are due to a reduced need for wired services and increased growth in the wireless sector.

Additionally, Verizon noted via a statement that 130,000 of its 196,000 workers cotribute to health care premiums, and that it would like "to bring [its] union more in line with what the rest of the workers pay." Nevertheless, I saw a sea of red outside of my local Verizon store late this morning. The strike is in effect. [Slate]

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