Workers @ Verizon East - 45,000 Strong -
CWA and IBEW members - are fighting for fairness.
"It may seem far away, but this fight hits close to home," said Sally Venable, president of CWA Local 9415 in Oakland. "Across America, big corporations are trying to destroy the middle-class jobs and benefits that generations of workers fought to secure. Enough is enough -- we need to stand together and protect the rights of working families to maintain a decent standard of living."
Today, 45,000 Verizon workers marched into work together unified as one with their brothers and sisters and community supporters. Our collective fight for the American Dream continues.
Your support for our CWA and IBEW members was overwhelming. Itís what powered the picket lines, strengthened our show of solidarity, and boosted our case for a fair bargaining process. When our movement speaks out as one, there is nothing we canít accomplish. But this is not the time to let up. Even with our contract back in force and bargaining beginning anew, Verizon workers are counting on all of us to stand up for middle-class jobs.
Show Verizon workers that you arenít backing down by sending them a note today.
Our work is far from complete. Our strike objective from the beginning was a real collective bargaining process. Your support was essential to creating that opportunity. Now begins the hard work of negotiating a fair contract.
Too many Americans donít have the opportunity to bargain. Collective bargaining in the private sector is at historic lows, far lower than other developed countries. As these rights have slipped away, American workersí wages have stagnated. And without rising purchasing power for American workers, our economy has stagnated.
If wealthy corporations like Verizon continue to outsource jobs and hold down worker wages, there is no hope for an economic recovery. This is why our fight is your fight and why your support is so important.
We can't let them get away with it.
A company that can afford to pay its top executives a quarter of a billiondollars over the past few years can also afford to give its workers a fair deal. Anything less is a shameful display of corporate greed.
Please sign onto the AFL-CIO Verizon Labor Solidarity Campaign.