Around 40,000 Verizon workers are taking to the streets in protest because of the company’s unfair labor practices and tax dodging corruption. Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have organized the strike.
— CWA (@CWAUnion) April 11, 2016
“We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor said in a public statement. “If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom.”
There are many U.S. senators in support of this action, like Bernie Sanders, who have expressed their support. Sanders stopped by CWA 1122 Cheektowaga to speak with workers saying: “Over the years Verizon has made billions of dollars in profit, but in a given year has not paid a nickel in taxes.”