Tomorrow, there will be a National Day of Action for 45,000 Verizon workers that are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), each of which are trying to win a fair contract. CWA and IBEW represent 35,000 and 10,000 employees, respectively. There will be action locations from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to Philly.
Following a two-week strike last summer, workers returned to work after Verizon agreed to bargain for a fair contract. The strike was the first strike that Verizon faced since 2000 when nearly 80,000 workers went on strike for two weeks.
But since then, according to the AFL-CIO, Verizon “has fired some workers who took part in the strike, has shipped jobs overseas and wants to outsource even more jobs. The company is demanding that workers pay thousands of dollars more for health care coverage with slashed benefits. Verizon even wants to cut disability benefits for workers injured doing their jobs.”
Meanwhile, Verizon continues to pay executives exorbitant salaries and rake in billions in profits. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale said last year that “Verizon’s 2011 annualized revenues of $108 billion and net profits of $6 billion.”
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Along with the call for a fair contract, activists will be building support for the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. The bipartisan bill bans federal grants or guaranteed loans to U.S. companies that move call center jobs overseas. It also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a list of companies that send call center jobs offshore. Customers must be told when they are connected to an offshore location and allowed to have their calls transferred to a U.S. agent on request.
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