Verizon wireline employees go on strike for a new contract

They've been working without a contract for months, and are worried Verizon will cut their benefits and pay

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of western Massachusetts Verizon employees joined the nearly 40,000 striking workers across the country.

Striking Hadley Verizon Workers are walking the picket line, they’re demanding a new contract. Dozens of Unionized wireline workers held signs outside of the Verizon store on Route 9/Russel Street.

They said they’ll be there until 8:30 Thursday night. And they’ll stay off the job until they get a new contract. Wireline workers fix home telephone lines and the FIOS internet service. More people are getting rid of their landlines but one worker told 22News he’s needed in western Massachusetts.

Jack Stankowski, a Verizon Wireline Employee said, “Especially out here in rural western Massachusetts. There are still a lot of people in the hill-towns who depend on their wire line service because there is no broadband, there is no cable TV. A lot of these under-served and unserved towns, that’s all they have and there is no cell service up there.”

They’re holding signs that read ‘ON STRIKE, FIGHTING CORPORATE GREED.’

They’ve been working without a contract for months, and say they’re worried Verizon will cut their benefits and pay.

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