Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers -- members of CWA and IBEW -- from Massachusetts to Virginia will go on strike this Wednesday at 6A "if a fair agreement is not reached,"CWA reports. Supporters are urged to post this CWA video on your Facebook page now to let folks know the stakes in this battle. "The company wants to gut job security protections, contract out more of our work, freeze our pensions, shutter call centers and offshore the jobs to Mexico and the Philippines," the union says. And while saying they can't afford a fair contract, Verizon has paid its top five executives $233 million over the last five years. "It’s time for Verizon to acknowledge that working families also have a right to do well in America," said CWA Local 2108 president Marilyn Irwin. "It’s time for a contract that’s fair to Verizon’s working people and the customers we serve." Get the latest news on the negotiations and/or strike by texting Fight to 69866. Support strike preparations by donating food or financial support to CSA’s Emergency Assistance Fund; for food donations, make sure all goods have not passed their “sell-by date” or expired, and contact [email protected] for pick-up/drop-off coordination. To contribute to the Emergency Assistance Fund, make check payable to CSA, 888 16th Street NW, Suite 520, DC 20006 and earmark “CWA strike.”
THIS JUST IN: A local rally has just been scheduled for 11a on Wednesday; click here.