Verizon workers’ strike continues into a new week

Workers concerned about benefits and pay, long work engagements far from home

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Verizon workers on the picket lines outside the Verizon Wireless store on Route 9 in Hadley.

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The nation’s largest strike since 2011 continued on Monday, with nearly 40,000 union Verizon workers on the picketing lines.

This was the 6th day of the strike, but it likely won’t be the last. Some two dozen workers walked the picket line in Hadley, a fraction of what we’re seeing across the country.

These workers are part of the Communications Workers of America. The union wants Verizon to stop outsourcing jobs offshore, hiring non-union contractors, and closing call centers.

The union also complains Verizon asks workers to work hundreds of miles away from their families for months at a time.

Jesse Covalsick told 22News the company could easily stop the strike; “Just to come back to the table and be reasonable. It can start with just talking to each other and being fair.” (And will you guys stay out here every day until that point?) “Yes.”

Verizon sent 22News a statement that reads in part:

We’ve asked the unions for added flexibility with how we can route calls between our call centers, and where we can deploy workers to where they’re most needed. One example of the limitations we face today is that if we have a big job requiring extra manpower in New York City, we can’t send additional technicians from right across the river in Hoboken, NJ to help out. Its common sense, flexibility like this that we need to be more efficient with our resources to better compete.

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