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.
Verizon is facing new accusations from the CWA and two consumer advocacy groups which claim that the telco continues to threaten to cut off service to DSL and legacy voice customers unless they switch to fiber.
Verizon has deployed thousands of re-directed and temporary employees to fill in holes, as a strike by unionized wireline workers drags on.
Verizon has made another move to keep its maintenance and installation schedules on time by deploying thousands of additional employees as wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue their labor strike.
Verizon has put what it says is a final labor contract proposal on the table for wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW.
Members of the Communications Workers of America, one of the two unions whose Verizon workers are on strike, say that replacement workers hired by the telco to handle repairs and installations on its wireline networks are failing to abide by "basic safety practices."
As Verizon's wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue with their labor strike, consumers' view of FiOS and Verizon Wireless have plummeted.