I Heart Verizon Strikers

While Verizon is taking in massive profits and paying its execs richly, it’s trying to force outrageous cuts on workers—which amount to $20,000 per family.  That’s why 45,000 employees in Verizon’s Northeast wire line division have been on strike since Aug. 7, and they need our support.  Don’t let Verizon destroy the bargaining rights and living standards of its union members!

Verizon’s demands include: freezing pensions for current workers and eliminating them for future workers, allowing contracting out and offshoring of more jobs, slashing sick leave, gutting health care plans for current and retired workers, and eliminating disability payments for injured workers.

Click here to demand that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam value employees’ work and share his corporation’s success with those who make it possible. Click here for a list of picket sites in the New York and New Jersey area.  You also can click here to sign and tweet an act.ly petition demanding Verizon drop its outrageous concessionary demands.

An Open Letter to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam from Sublimefemme:

Dear Mr. McAdam,

I am a Verizon Wireless customer and I stand in solidarity with the 45,000 workers who are on strike.  Although I have been a satisfied customer for many years, I will cancel my account with your company if you do not fairly treat your workers at the bargaining table.

Over the past four years alone, Verizon has made $19 billion in profits while paying its top five executives $250 million in compensation and bonuses. It’s outrageous that you are demanding huge givebacks from workers at the same time.

With middle-class families already struggling, it’s time for Verizon to share its success with the hardworking Americans who made it possible. This is not a time for corporate greed. It is time to do the right thing.

Verizon kicked off bargaining with dramatic concessionary demands and has not budged. And you continue to refuse to bargain seriously with the CWA and the IBEW.

That’s why 45,000 of your employees aren’t at work but will return once you agree to bargain fairly.

Please you drop your unfair demands and return to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract in good faith.  If not, I will take my business elsewhere.