Verizon union sets a new strike deadline

August 8, 2008 8:09:04 AM PDT
The unions representing some 65,000 Verizon workers set a new strike deadline for 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning as talks drag on with the communications giant. Eyewitness News has learned the workers, from the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, set the new deadline after working through their first strike deadline last weekend.

They reportedly plan to announce the new deadline during a noon rally in front of company headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

The workers stayed on the job following the first strike threat, while continuing to meet with management to hammer out remaining sticking points.

Agreements had been reached on issues of health care coverage for active and retired members, wages, and outsourcing jobs. But the unions were still working on subcontracting jobs and efforts to organize employees of Verizon Business and Verizon Wireless, which have few union workers.

The contracts cover some 65,000 Verizon workers employees from New England to Virginia. The workers' contract with Verizon expired Aug. 2.

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