Hear it yet? Verizon workers are striking because they have not yet reached a deal to extend their contract. This is a good power to have protesting companies trying to deny their workers right to health care, a retirement fund, and higher wages. These workers need to fight for their rights. Democrats should use this opportunity to show the power of Unions, and the strength they have given to the middle class for almost 100 years. Progressives should take this chance for unitization of the country. Everyone who wants to should be able to associate with other workers to collectively bargain with their employer whether it is the federal government, a small business, or a multi-national corporation. The right to fair working standards should be a fundamental right of workers. This Verizon strike hopefully will be union news maker of “Wisconsin” and this hopefully will really wake people up about why Unions are what built the middle class, and the American dream. We must fight to bring back the American dream, and fight the massive greed of our unpatriotic corporations. The Progressives can win this battle!
The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker, the union of Verizon workers, has been working with the Verizon Company to negotiate an agreement since June. These unions represent nearly 45,000 Verizon communication workers. The two sides have failed to reach consensus on health care costs, pensions, and work rules. 91% of the communication workers’ union were in favor of the strike. Verizon has seemed unwilling to budge of their position for union concessions.