Stand With 45,000 Workers on Strike: Tell Verizon to Stop Attacking the Middle Class

At midnight on Saturday, some 45,000 Verizon workers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions went on strike to protest their employers' unreasonable demands:

The strike is a result of a tough position Verizon took in its attempt to extract concessions from its workers. The company is attempting to change the contract terms to allow it to more easily fire workers, tie pay increases to job performance, halt pension accruals this year, and require union workers to contribute to health-plan premiums.

Why are those demands so unreasonable? As ThinkProgress points out, it seems that "Verizon’s stockholders and executives are being treated well by the company while it demands sacrifice from its workers." The company's profits are soaring, thanks in part to its iPhone deal announced earlier this year, and its "stock returns are actually outperforming the wider market." Oh, and Verizon is also a notorious tax-dodger.

Represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the workers are taking a stand against Verizon's corporate greed and attacks on middle-class workers. Many of those workers turned up at the downtown Manhattan Verizon building today to protest, as you can see in this video from the AP:

You can take action to stand with the union Verizon workers by signing this petition created by the Working Families Party. Targeting Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, the petition letter states, in part:

I stand in solidarity with the 45,000 workers who are on strike.

Over the last four years, Verizon has made $19 billion in profits while paying its top five executives $250 million in compensation and bonuses.

With middle-class families already struggling, it's time for Verizon to share its success with the hardworking Americans who made it possible. This is not a time for corporate greed.  It is time to do the right thing.

Read the entire letter -- and sign it! -- on the WFP website.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 8, 2011, 10:00am

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