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article image45,000 Verizon employees go on strike

By Vincent Sobotka     Aug 7, 2011 in Technology
Nearly half of the workforce employed by Verizon Wireless Communications Inc. are opening the week on strike. The movement follows a breakdown in labor negiotiations between the union and Verizon.
Verizon employees from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. are preparing to stand the picket line after the expiration of their labor agreement came without negotiations for a new contract at midnight Sunday morning. The strike will affect the company's Wireline Division, offering landline telephone, high-speed internet and FiOS television services in Connecticut, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
Support and technical assistance for the Wireline Division is administrated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. The Wireless Division, which contracts with the Communications Workers of America will remain unaffected by the strike. The walkout marks the first in eleven-years for one of the nation's largest wireless companies. In 2000 Verizon and 80,000 employees failed to settle a labor dispute.
Verizon, due to a declining number of consumers opting for the wireline service, is seeking to control costs.by replacing employee's pension plans with 401(k) plans and eliminating a number of other benefits. Employees are expected to begin picketing at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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