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.

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3 Responses

  1. amen, dear – i’m on my way to add my name.

    i’ve been thinking lately about how fantastically amazing unions are, and how strange it is that i grew up thinking of them as, basically, relics of the past (and my mother was and is a union member!). i am inclined to think that is due to our cultural dialogue on the subject (and the subject of work and jobs in general). it is in serious need of a change, and i am hoping we are headed in the right direction on that, at least.

  2. also, there is a mobile provider that has piqued my interest recently called creedo – their big pitch is that they support progressive nonprofits with a (small) percentage of your bill, as compared to conservative political candidates (as verizon does almost exclusively). they provide buyouts for verizon and some other companies’ early termination fees. we’ve been considering changing to them, and most certainly will if this does not pan out well.

    Hi Lady B, Thanks for your comments and for mentioning Credo. How’s married life? I’ve had a Working Assets credit card for years and have liked it, although I wish they were better about reminding me to vote for donations. If there’s anyone out there who’s using Credo, I’d love to hear about your experience. xo SF

  3. My brother thinks a person shouldn’t be allowed to get an MBA until a certain amount of field experienced has transpired.

    Sadly, I’m beginning to wonder if the people than run some companies are not capitalists, but essentially mobsters who worry about enriching themselves without regard to the workers, customers, or the companies they claim to represent. Just stand back and consider the number of companies that have been “pumped and dumped.”

    Typically, CEOs of American companies make much more than others overseas.

    As I understand it, some stock holders can’t even challenge what CEOs get paid or what major executives get paid to leave…

    As I recall in the case of Verizon, these workers are on the land line side of the company and not the cell side.

    But, this points out another issue which is how hard it is for the average person to keep up. Beyond buying goods and services, how is one supposed to have a decent shot at investing in this kind of environment?

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