Verizon's striking workers represented by the CWA and IBEW unions have been accused by the National Labor Relations Board of harassing replacement workers at hotels in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Verizon has not yet come to an agreement with the wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW, but a top company executive says they are getting closer to a resolution as the strike enters its sixth week.
Verizon and the wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW unions that came back to the negotiating table yesterday have sought the assistance of a federal mediator to sort out issues.
Verizon and representatives of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing nearly 40,000 wireline workers in the Northeast have agreed to come to the negotiating table again.
Verizon said its ongoing tests of 5G network technology have been unaffected by the ongoing strike of roughly 40,000 of its unionized employees, who mainly work on the carrier's wireline network.
Verizon has seen fiber cuts on its Northeast wireline network spike, leaving many customers without service amidst a contentious labor strike of its nearly 40,000 person union workforce.
An XO Communications executive's statement that Verizon's wireline worker strike, which is now in its fourth week, is delaying the carrier's pending acquisition of XO's fiber network, is not the case and was "taken out of context," a spokesperson said.
Verizon's striking workforce's frustration continues to rise as 15 people were arrested outside of the company's shareholders meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Verizon says that the thousands of replacement workers it has dispatched during the current wireline worker strike is helping it close the installation and repair gap for FiOS and other wireline services.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, along with public interest groups Common Cause and Public Knowledge, are accusing Verizon of threatening to shut off DSL and copper services for customers if they don't move over to Verizon's fiber network.