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Only Days In, Verizon Strike Already Getting Ugly
Posted By Lachlan Markay On August 10, 2011 @ 1:00 pm In Enterprise and Free Markets,Featured,Scribe | 128 Comments
Verizon employees went on strike this week in protest of the company’s proposed changes to its employee benefits. The company’s collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight on Saturday. By Sunday, Verizon was already alleging a dozen instances of sabotage, and illegal attempts by strikers to block managers from entering Verizon facilities.
According to a Verizon press release , the company endured:
The Communications Workers of America union, the larger of the two groups conducting the strike, said that it did not condone any illegal actions.
On Tuesday, Verizon filed a lawsuit  in Delaware court against local chapters of the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – the other union representing Verizon strikers. Verizon asked the judge “to issue injunctions to stop demonstrators from blocking entrances in Newark and Dover, shutting off power and using “crazy glue” to jam fence mechanisms and service-truck locks,” according to a report from Bloomberg News.
Verizon insisted that the company “has suffered serious disruption and curtailment of its business” resulting from illegal activities by strikers.
The strike, which involves 45,000 Verizon workers and managers, is a protest against proposed benefit changes that include employee contributions to health care plans (non-management employees currently pay nothing towards their health care premiums), cuts in disability benefits, and reductions in the numbers of paid holidays.
Union officials insist  that changes to health care benefits could cost workers as much as $6,500 apiece annually. Verizon claims  the changes will only require monthly as low as $100 payments from workers.
While there have been some reported incidents of illegality, this strike is thus far nowhere near as ugly as the 2000 one against Verizon, which saw a reported 455 incidents  of vandalism, sabotage, and harassment of Verizon employees.
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 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/verizon-strike.jpg
 Verizon press release: http://newscenter.verizon.com/assets/wrapper/2011-bargaining/Verizon-update-release.pdf
 filed a lawsuit: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110810/BUSINESS/108100312/Verizon-files-lawsuit-against-unions
 insist: http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Benefit-changes-key-issue-in-Verizon-strike-1786303.php
 claims: http://newscenter.verizon.com/2011-bargaining/issue-accuracy.html
 reported 455 incidents: http://nlpc.org/stories/2000/08/14/unions-strike-vandals-hit-east-coast
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