Deciding that working without a contract is the strongest tactic for now, CWA decided not to strike Verizon when its contract expired at midnight last Saturday. The two sides remain far apart. "They have basically not moved off their opening bargaining position from June 22nd," said CWA 2108. "It’s a disgrace. We are disgusted by Verizon’s attitude at the bargaining table. Their greed knows no bounds." But, aware that the telecom giant has spent tens of millions of dollars preparing for a strike by nearly 40,000 CWA and IBEW members in the northeast, union leadership decided that "if and when we strike, it will be on our terms, on our timing." Plans include rallying, informational picketing, building political and regulatory pressure on the company, and "working to rule." "We will be disciplined, militant and united," the local added.
photo: Wilkens Avenue CWA 2108 members at informational leafleting Monday morning; photo courtesy CWA 2108 Facebook page