Verizon CWA, IBEW workers' 2016 strike: Full coverage

CWA District 9 demonstrates on Feb. 23
Image: Cwa-union.org

After 10 months of negotiation without a new contract agreement, Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) 40,000 wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) went on strike at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

Image: CWA

Wireline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia have been working without a contract since Aug. 1, 2015, and have yet to come to terms with Verizon on issues including health care and job security.

On April 15, CWA and IBEW met with Verizon to discuss the contract covering workers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, but were still unable to hash out a new agreement before the weekend.

"Workers already have put hundreds of millions of dollars in healthcare cost savings on the table. We simply cannot compromise on contract changes that would ship more work overseas and have our families separated for months at a time," said Ed Mooney, CWA District 2-13 vice president, in statement.

Verizon remains confident it can continue to run at full speed during the strike.

"Millions of Americans rely on Verizon for the ability to communicate, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's wireline network operations, in a statement. "We remain fully prepared to handle any work stoppage so that our products and services will be available where and when our customers need them."

Here's our coverage so far, and check out our sister publications FierceWireless and FierceCable for additional strike news:

1. Verizon strike officially ends as wireline contracts approved by both CWA, IBEW unions 2. Verizon's striking wireline employees will return to work Wednesday
3. Verizon, CWA, IBEW reach tentative deal to end strike of wireline workers 4. Verizon's union strikers are threatening replacement workers, says labor board
5. Strike torpedoes Verizon's Q2 FiOS earnings estimates due to drop in installations 6. Verizon, CWA, IBEW unions invite federal mediator to contract negotiations
7. Verizon, CWA, IBEW to reignite labor contract negotiations 8. Verizon suffers 150-plus fiber cuts on Northeast network amidst labor strike
9. Verizon, XO Communications say strike is not delaying fiber deal 10. Verizon wireline strikers arrested outside company's annual stockholders meeting
11. Verizon deploys additional contractors as CWA, IBEW reject telco's new labor offer 12. Verizon presents 'last, best final' labor contract offer to wireline union workers
13. CWA union claims Verizon temps are endangering citizens with shoddy wireline work 14. Verizon customers' perception of FiOS, wireless drops as worker strike rages on
15. Hundreds rally in Boston as strikers, Verizon show little progress toward new union contract 16. Amid network sabotage, Verizon warns that strike could 'pressure' Q2 results
17. Verizon's wireless business targeted by striking employees 18. Verizon FiOS customers unfazed by replacement installers, but activation time remains a concern
19. Verizon, wireline unions continue negotiations, but lock horns on healthcare, outsourcing jobs and pensions 20. Verizon wireline workforce labor strike causing installation delays
21. Verizon's 40,000-member wireline workforce goes on strike 22. Verizon's CWA, IBEW wireline workers may strike on Wednesday

 

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