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CWA UPDATE: Victory for Verizon Workers

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September 29, 2016

Verizon strikers stood strong for 45 days in the largest strike in recent history, fighting back against a greedy employer and gaining a contract that safeguards good, middle class jobs.

The 39,000 union workers and allies walked picket lines, mobilized outside retail stores and call centers, worked to build community and political support and, in the end, outlasted a company that had been determined to downgrade workers’ standard of living and send more good jobs overseas.

Across CWA, activists joined the fight, “adopting” and leafleting wireless stores, signing petitions, and contributing to the Verizon Strikers Solidarity Fund. (See story pages 4-5).

The agreement was reached with the help of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck, and their entire teams. CWA President Chris Shelton called the fight “a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people. It proves that when we stand together, we can raise up working families, improve our communities, and protect the American middle class.”

The agreements were overwhelmingly ratified in June by CWA members in Districts 1 and 2-13. Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn, NY, and Everett, Mass., overwhelmingly approved the first-ever contract for VZW retail workers, providing for a first-ever grievance and arbitration procedure, protections against arbitrary discipline and firing, restrictions on the company’s ability to subcontract work, the right to swap schedules, and other gains.

Workers at Verizon Connected Solutions also ratified a separate four-year agreement that provides for the same benefit improvements as the core wireline agreement and maintains a key job title that ensures that these workers will receive wage raises according to the negotiated pay scale.

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