The Verizon (NYSE: VZ) wireline union workers' strike ended Saturday, Aug. 20, with employees returning to work on Monday evening--albeit without a contract. FierceTelecom takes a look at how things progressed to this point.
Union employees at Verizon's wireline division officially went on strike when their contract expired on Saturday, Aug. 6. Since June, Verizon has been negotiating with the two main labor unions representing its workers, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Healthcare contributions and pensions have been major bones of contention along with changes in work rules such as vacation and sick days.
The end of the strike also ends some uncertainty for union members, who will work under the terms of the old contract until a new deal is reached.
Here's our coverage so far:
Dec. 7: Verizon fires 40 union workers for misconduct
Sept. 13: Strike left Verizon with backlog of 100,000 FiOS orders
Sept. 1: Verizon's union workers accuse company of delaying Hurricane Irene repairs
Aug. 31: Verizon resumes talks with unions over healthcare, other concessions
Aug. 24: Verizon issues apology for strike, while workers say walkout helped negotiation process
Aug. 21: Verizon's wireline union workers to return to work, but contract negotiations will continue
Aug. 19: No compromise in sight between Verizon, union workers
Aug. 19: Police arrest striking Verizon employees
Aug. 18: Verizon strikers prepare to protest at McAdam's house
Aug. 17: Verizon plans to suspend strikers' health insurance
Aug. 16: Verizon network sabotage claims hit 143 as strike continues
Aug. 16: Judge: Striking Verizon workers can't spread nails, glass
Aug. 15: Strike-inspired Verizon network sabotage continues; CWA rally today
Aug. 12: Strike threatens Verizon's community image
Aug. 12: Verizon CFO Shammo: Expanding wireline's profit remains a challenge
Aug. 9: Verizon's network faces vandalism on heels of union strike
Aug. 8: Verizon's wireline union workers officially go on strike