Police: Drunken Replacement Worker Hit Striking Verizon Employee With Truck
According to police in Westborough, Massachusetts, a replacement Verizon worker was driving intoxicated when he hit a striking employee of the company Thursday morning. WCVB reports that George A. Pulling, 55, hit Joseph Rooney, 47, with a pickup truck, then drove with the man on his hood, before he stopped the vehicle and the striking worker was flung into the road.
Police were on hand to help escort a number of workers through a line of roughly 80 picketing Verizon employees. Many on the picket line were yelling at the passing vehicles and Pulling apparently accelerated in the middle of the line. Rooney was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not life-threatening. A number of Verizon employees have been on strike for a month now, identifiying major problems with the company's healthcare policies and a growing concern about Verizon's reliance on outsourced labor.
Pulling was arrested by police and hit with charges of assault and battery, driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without a license.
Verizon has already stated that they've made their "last, best and final offer" in regards to the strike.