As of presstime Tuesday night, the strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers -- members of CWA and IBEW -- was set to begin at 6a this morning. They have been without a contract since last August and negotiations have stalled over company demands. Local unions are planning a rally at 11a this morning near Verizon headquarters at the corner of Musgrove Road and Columbia Pike Road in Silver Spring. Get the latest strike news by texting Fight to 69866. Click here for Five Reasons to Care About Verizon Contract Negotiations.