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News :: Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
VZB techs speak out at Harvard forum with AFL-CIO president
13 Feb 2008
Three Verizon Business technicians attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Forum with AFL-CIO president John Sweeney.
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VZB techs Kevin Leppmann, Mark Latham and David Rogol met briefly with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at a reception and later were introduced by him to everyone at the forum. They asked Sweeney questions about what the AFL-CIO and the labor movement was going to do to help them form a union.

Also attending the forum was IBEW Local 2222 business manager Myles Calvey and steward John Horgan. Calvey asked when the AFL-CIO would take action using boycotts and other tactics to pressure lawless companies like Verizon to respect workers' rights. Horgan asked Sweeney if the AFL-CIO would consider supporting HR 676, the national "Medicare for All" bill.

The VZB techs distributed flyers calling on Harvard University -- as a major VZB customer -- to contact their management asking it to respect workers' rights. About 35 people signed letters to Harvard's procurement office at the forum. A copy of the flyer and the letter to Harvard is attached.

News coverage of the forum appeared in the Boston Herald (see link and news coverage pasted below).
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