Verizon CWA, IBEW workers' 2016 strike: Full coverage
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.
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: