Verizon Strike May Be Coming To An End Sooner Than Later

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Verizon workers may soon return to their jobs.

Jim Gardler, President of CWA local 13000 says Verizon employees are expected to end their strike on Tuesday.

“With the workforce that they have in place right now, there’s no way that they could keep up with that and they need our people out there and we want to get back to work and we want to get these customers back in service.”

But he says this does not mean they have a new contract yet (see related story).

“We still have to go through the bargaining process. There’s no new collective bargaining agreement, what we signed was a return to work agreement and that we’ll sit down and continue to bargain with the company. The current collective bargaining agreement that’s going to remain in place going forward. We’re going to continue to bargain with the company to get to a successful agreement.”

Gardler says until workers have a new contract there is a chance workers could go on strike again, but he says he’s hopeful they won’t have to.

Reported By Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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  1. grumpy says:

    H H,
    You got that right! When will grownups learn that the word COMPROMISE equals solutions to problems.
    CONGRESS: Are you listening?

  2. Harry Mitchell says:

    Harry Mitchell from Verizon here. SInce no one contacted Verizon for this particular story, I’m including our perspective on this:

    Verizon’s Striking Union-Represented Employees to Return to Work

    NEW YORK — Verizon Communications today announced that its 45,000 wireline employees in nine Northeastern states and the District of Columbia who are represented by the CWA and IBEW will return to work beginning Monday night, Aug. 22, without new collective bargaining agreements.
    Verizon and the unions have made headway in negotiating a number of local and regional issues, and the parties have agreed on a process for moving forward to negotiate the major issues regarding benefits, cost structure, work flexibility and job security.
    Verizon said the wireline employees now on strike would be working under the terms of the contracts that expired on Saturday, Aug. 6. The contracts will be extended with no specific deadline for achieving new collective bargaining agreements so that the parties can take the time required to resolve the critical issues.
    Marc Reed, Verizon’s executive vice president of human resources, said, “We agreed to end the strike because we believe that is in the best interest of our customers and our employees. We remain committed to our objectives, and we look forward to negotiating the important issues that are integral to the future health of Verizon’s wireline business.”
    He added: “We are grateful to our management team for their leadership during the past 14 days in so ably meeting the needs of our customers. The team’s competence, dedication and hard work enabled us to withstand the strike without significant disruption to customer service, and to convince the unions to begin bargaining with us in good faith. The fortitude and efforts of our managers have proven to be our strongest point of leverage in bargaining. We are pleased that during this stressful economic period our union-represented employees will be back at work earning good wages and benefits while serving our customers.”
    With its union-represented employees back at work, Verizon plans to quickly address any backlog in repairs and unfulfilled requests for service.

  3. misterlucky says:

    For labor disputes and resolution, please press the pound key…i’m sorry; i didn’t get that- did you say you wanted a new deal worked out in your contract? Please hold for the next available arbitrator…all arbitrators are now busy, helping other companies, whose employees actually work. Please try that stunt at another time. Goodbye.

  4. Zzbar says:

    Chickens. Where is all the tough talk. Strikers will loose benefits after 08-31, guess they opened their eyes.

  5. Uncle Vinnie says:

    Give it up CWA. can’t make on the $200 a week, and afraid of layoff of slackers……………………………….BYIOS

  6. whatsup says:

    I hope the union strikers are prepared to soften their refusal to pay for their own health benefits and pension. They should feel grateful that they even have jobs, if they do not like paying more for their contracts they should resign and let someone else take their job who would be grateful to get one.

  7. THE REALITY OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER !! says:

    SAYS HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE. HAVING WORKED FOR BELL OF PA, BACK IN 67
    I FEEL FOR THE WORKERS. I MADE $ 80.00 PER WEEK . THINGS HAVE CHANGED.

    THERE ARE FEW OF US WHO CAN WITHSTAND A PROLONGED STRIKE ANY MORE

    TIMES ARE TIGHT FOR EVERYONE. HOPING BOTH SIDES CAN COMPROMISE
    SOMETHING WHICH IS VERBOTEN IN CONGRESS

  8. Somerdale Dave says:

    Strike called on account of rain!

  9. Jules says:

    Be coming. Wherefore art thou proofreaders?

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