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Verizon Strike Alert #2 (english)
by Jobs With Justice
24 Jul 2003
Modified: 13 Aug 2003
On August 2, 2003, the contracts covering 75,000 workers at Verizon expire. The workers are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Jobs with Justice
Verizon Strike Alert Bulletin #2
*On August 2, 2003, the contracts covering 75,000 workers at Verizon expire. The workers are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Verizon is one of the top ten corporations in the U.S., is highly profitable, and its CEO Ivan Seidenberg makes 500 times the salary of the average worker. The company is demanding major concessions from its employees, including health care and job security.
Jobs With Justice is mobilizing community and labor supporters to stand behind this important fight. We hope you'll join us, and tell your friends and coworkers!
July 23 - nine days to expiration!
A majority of the workers at IBEW & CWA voted to authorize a strike. They've been ramping up the actions as August 2 gets closer. IBEW & CWA members paid a call on Verizon Mass. & Rhode Island President Donna Cupelo. On Sunday morning, July 20, nearly 100 union members were uninvited guests to the home of Verizon's Massachusetts-Rhode Island president. Their informational picketline in a swank residential neighborhood in Franklin, Mass. was conducted under the watchful eyes of the Franklin police. Participants protested the company's multi-million dollar ad campaign in the Boston Globe, Herald, and other newspapers, which inflates the average pay of Verizon workers. "Where's our other $20,000?" the pickets demand to
know, referring to the company's advertising claim that MA techs make $79,000 year. Donna did not come out to say hello or answer this question.
Verizon workers in New York recently tried to attend a Mets game, where VZ was the sponsor and handed out thousands of free visors emblazoned with its logo. When these CWA members and supporters stood up in the stands holding up individual placards, which spelled out a message protesting contract concessions, they were surrounded by stadium security and thrown out of the game, with the help of ten NYC cops. (It was only the fifth inning and they didn't even get a refund--or their signs back.)
Having learned that major league baseball stadiums are apparently "diss-free zones"--where corporate sponsors are concerned--Verizon workers in New England are planning to let Yankee-hating Red Sox fans carry our anti-corporate message inside the park at this Sunday's sold-out Boston vs New York game at Fenway.
Look for those fans to be wearing thousands of stickers--on their free VZ visors and other parts of their bodies--which will enable them to
simultaneously express their opinion about the visiting team and the game's sponsor. Fenway security better be ready to eject hundreds of people this time--and, if they do, many of them will be demanding their money back. This could be the biggest baseball fan free speech fight in Fenway history!!!!
To help distribute stickers and flyers before the big game, meet fellow members of IBEW and CWA at 6:30 PM this Sunday, July 27, at Uno's Pizza near the corner of Commonwealth and Brookline Avenues in Boston. We'll be fanning out to cover all entrances to Fenway so our little gift gets into the hands of the crowd before those visors do!
For more info, call IBEW at 617-328-9600 or CWA at 781-937-9600. (Non-Yankee haters need not apply.) For direction on game night, call: 617-930-7327.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
See the calendar of actions below. Plan on being there. And if you can, call us today to volunteer!
Sign the VZ Strike Solidarity Pledge on our website today!
See a letter asking your support on behalf of the Verizon unions, and sign the pledge at : http://www.massjwj.net/030522cwa.html
Take Action! Say No to Verizon's Corporate Greed!
In contract talks with workers, Verizon Communications is demanding that 34,600 retirees on fixed incomes pay $60 million more for health benefits. And that just happens to be about the value of stock options given to one executive: Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg got $58.4 million worth in 2002. In fact, Verizon executives received $501 million in options last year enough to cover retiree health care until 2008.
Send a fax to CEO Ivan Seidenberg to demand fairness at Verizon:
See more information at CWA's website: http://www.cwa-union.org/verizon/
VERIZON SOLIDARITY CALENDAR
Wednesday, July 23. Verizon workers will brief members of the New England Congressional delegation in Washington, DC on potential strike issues and their regional economic impact.
Sunday, July 27. Join union members at Fenway Park at 6:30 PM (Note:
corrected time) to leaflet fans at the Verizon sponsored Red Sox Game. Meet at Uno's Pizzeria, Commonwealth Ave. & Brookline Ave. Call Steve Early at 781-937-9600 or 617-930-7327.
Tuesday, July 29. Jobs With Justice Workers' Right Board Community Briefing for community leaders on the impact of a possible strike, the issues involved, and to discuss community support for Verizon workers. The briefings will be at 12 Noon and 3:00 PM, UNITE! Building, 3rd Floor Conference Rm, 33 Harrison Ave., Chinatown, Boston. RSVP to Cassie today at 617-524-8778!
Tuesday, July 29. Labor Solidarity Meeting for labor leaders and activists to discuss mobilizing union support for Verizon workers, 6:00 PM, Ironworkers Local 7, 195 Old Colony Ave., South Boston.
Thursday, July 31. Major Rally at Verizon Headquarters, 6:00 PM, 185
Franklin St. in Boston's Financial District
Saturday, August 2. Contract expiration Day activities and evening vigil at 185 Franklin St. (Verizon)
Call the Jobs With Justice office at 617-524-8778 about how you can get involved, email us at bostonjwj (at) mindspring.com or visit our website at www.massjwj.net
CEO Ivan Seidenberg makes 500*worker salary (english)
by Bruce Arkwright, Jr.
(No verified email address)
13 Aug 2003
Ivan is the ultimate American Coperate Pig
It is time for all American workers to stand up against these coperate pigs. These coperate pigs are the ones who decide to send all the jobs overseas and make millions on it while the regular joe shmo tries and save enough to risk it on the stock market and maybe if she/he is luckly enough to raise one million at retirement. WHY THE HELL DO YOU PEOPLE ALLOW THIS?
The Green Party is the only party to actually will to stand up to this. Screw the Reps and Dems they are not willing to stop coperate greed, they are part of it.