Verizon Wireless workers in Brooklyn, members of CWA Local 1109, scored a huge victory on August 23rd when they voted down an anti-union “decertification petition” and chose to keep CWA as their representative. The company was hoping for a decertification in Brooklyn to slow the growing movement of Verizon Wireless workers across the country who want to join together to improve their working conditions.
The workers fought off an extremely aggressive anti-union campaign, which included daily one-on-one “captive audience” meetings with an anti-union consultant, letters from the Director of Human Resources, and visits by the Chief Operating Officer of the company.
The Brooklyn workers voted to join Local 1109 in 2014 and won a first contract in 2016 after joining landline workers on the 49-day strike against Verizon. As part of the recent Verizon contract extension, wireless workers won improvements in their grievance procedure, a $900 ratification bonus, and increased say on scheduling.