UPDATE: Verizon Workers Halt Strike, Going Back To Bargaining Table

A local union official says there's a framework for new talks.

The 45,000 striking Verizon workers have halted their work action and are going back to the bargaining table with management.

A statement issued this afternoon by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, DC, confirmed that workers will be  back on the job on Tuesday.

CWA Local 1107 New City Secretary/Treasurer Bob Milone says, “We’re going back to work Tuesday morning. There’s no contract, though. They’re continuing to bargain.”

Milone does not have details on the narrowed focus of the bargaining talks.  According to the union, Verizon had put 100 demands on the table.

“They narrowed the focus on what the real issues are, says Milone. “We’ll work with the contract that is in place now.”

“The pickets were working,” says Milone. “The company needs us back to work.”

Milone said the picket lines were up Saturday morning but have since been taken down.

The strike started at 12:01 a.m. August 7 and was nearing the end of its second week.

“I’m proud of our members,” he says. “We need to get our people back to work and give our customers the service they deserve.”

Police throughout the region have been notified that workers will no longer be on the picket lines that have been in place at Verizon facilities.

Here is the statement from the unions:

Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in force for an indefinite period.
We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. The major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed.
We appreciate the unity of our members and the support of so many in the greater community. Now we will focus on bargaining fairly and moving forward.
CWA and IBEW represent 45,000 workers at Verizon covered by this contract from Virginia to New England.


michelle August 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Years ago when Unions were strong we lived a simple life, people had much less then today. Even having much less you were able to work for a company and have health care and a pension as well as a family life (holidays off, weekend off). Today people live far more extravagant and corporations are taking away from the workers. How can anyone stick up for this? Why do we as American people allow to be treated so poorly? Corporations that take jobs away from Americans and give to other countries are not American, and for companies to recieve tax cuts while taking away from american people is very scary. What is happening to our country? When is it going to stop? It will not stop until we as working people take a stand. Family life has gone down the tube. Almost every family has both parents working and still no family life because of working weekends as well. Corporations that are making extremely unimaginable profits should provide their workers with a quality of life that makes there corporations the most desirable corporation to work for. when treating your workers that way you will get quality work.
Meredith Lesly August 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM
I've seen post after post from people who have to work evenings, weekends, and the like. People usually post this sort of thing because they resent people who belong to unions being treated better, but they never seem to see it for what it is: that they're being exploited. Most people have to accept whatever the company dictates because individuals don't have any leverage. A lot is made of "productivity gains". For the most part, that's not due to people who used to goof off. It comes from improved technology and from demand more and more of their employees. Increased productivity due to improved technology is reasonable (although it usually leads to fewer jobs); increased productivity due to forcing people to work 50 or 60 hour work weeks is not only exploiting them but leads to fewer jobs being created.
CK August 23, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Just read the VZ and union back-to-work order. Until a contract is signed: management can terminate a union worker and the union overtime cap has been lifted for this week. So if the union workers can stay out of trouble, they can make up all their lost wages. Sounds like the union won this round.
MA August 23, 2011 at 01:12 AM
We gratefully live in a country where Mr. John Tirella and ALL of us are able to say what we want, when we want regardless of how classless it may be. The very same Amendment entitles Meredith Lesly to the very same right! You may not like what someone else says, it neither gives you the right to be rude nor does it make you right.
Meredith Lesly August 23, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Oddly enough, he seems to have posted his rather rude message before I had posted mine. Strange.


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