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.