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President Of Striking Verizon Workers’ Union Visits Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The president of the Communications Workers of America was in Philadelphia today, visiting with striking Verizon workers.

Outside a Verizon building at 9th and Arch Streets in Chinatown, Larry Cohen walks along the picket line and shakes hands with workers who are wrapping up their first week on strike.

He says negotiations with Verizon are ongoing but going nowhere.

“There’s basically a list of 100 giveback demands. We’ve said to them, we’ll drop some of our demands if you drop yours.  No, no, they won’t do that.  They only way they’ll drop any of theirs is if our members accept givebacks.  Ask them whether they’ll accept givebacks from a 100-billion-dollar company.”

And a $100-billion company that paid zero in taxes last year, adds Cohen.

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As the strike drags on, picketers say they remain determined despite the financial drain.

“I’m the only income worker in my family, and I have three children,” says Bill Van Lear, one of the strikers.  “I love working for this company, it’s just I’m hoping we can come to an agreement.”

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • grumpy

    As you may well gather from reading most of these comments that divide and conquer is working.
    Welcome to Corporate America!

    • whatsup

      no it is simply you are hearing from people that live and work in the REAL world and not the fantasy world that union workers live in. We in the real world pay toward our health and pensions (I pay over 34% for my health premiums) . Stop being greedy and share the sacrifice.

  • Diana

    hey we have so many people out of work that would love to have your job!! be greatful you have a job with health care benefits,vacations along with making good money and it’s time for you to stop crying and get back to work!!! it’s every 4 yrs this happens and iam sick of hearing you. we all have bills and rents and mortgages,car payments etc… yes it is the unions pushing up prices because you think you deserve more money. i wonder if you were on the other end of this issue and it was your company, what would you do? you pay union dues every week just think of the extra money you would have in your paycheck if you didn’t have to pay union dues. where is that union dues going anyway? i am a worker in the private sector and don’t own a company. stop you sound like a bunch of pigs snorting,squeling and grunting and fighting.with the other pigs

  • Zzbar

    “I’m the only income worker in my family, and I have three children,” says Bill Van Lear,” Well go back to work, pay your medical and stop crying. Total nonsense. We all pay some medical, and gave up some money.

    • Jennifer Pezzotta Vanleer

      Fact they want 20,000 a year in concessions. Do you think your company is fair to you. The Wireless business depends on the wire line business, I know paying that is the norm, but guess what only 7 percent of the American work force is Union, and jobs still fly overseas. Please know the whole truth you just making a snap judgement, with out knowing all the facts.

      • Frank

        The whole truth? As in union leadership are parasites?

        Ok, got it.

  • whatsup

    heard that damage is being done to company property – wonder who is behind that!!!!! Unions shame on you, start paying for your own dam health benefits and pensions. You need to start living in the REAL world and not the fantasy world you demand that customers keep you in the style you think you are entitled.

  • John Sebastion

    I bet the union boss is still getting paid.

  • Frank

    I knew I smelled something awful in the air today….

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