The 2016 Verizon workers strike

AT&T slashes jobs, leaves areas without broadband internet while funneling dividends to Wall Street

By Mark Witkowski, 31 October 2020

The telecom giant slashed 3,500 jobs in the Midwest alone in spite of strong demand for broadband internet access due to large numbers of people working from home.

CWA isolates Frontier Communications strikers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 March 2018

Twelve days into the strike by 1,400 telecommunication workers against Frontier, the union is seeking to isolate and wear down strikers.

AT&T West workers reject deal pushed by Communications Workers of America

By Jake Dean, 11 July 2017

After AT&T workers in California and Nevada rejected the sellout deal, the CWA immediately agreed to federal mediation, a blackout on information and a no-strike pledge.

CWA begins three-day strike at AT&T as US telecom workers press for real fight

By Mark Witkowski and Shannon Jones, 20 May 2017

While continuing the isolation of workers at Spectrum, the CWA has organized a token, three-day, strike against AT&T West and AT&T Mobility.

“The union signed away their rights”

Verizon strikers remain victimized 12 weeks after end of strike

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2016

Since the Communications Workers of America sold out the seven-week Verizon strike in May, the union has said nothing about the fate of some two dozen workers victimized by management in the course of the walkout.

“We were out on strike for 50 days for nothing”

Verizon executives gloat in wake of ratification of CWA contract sellout

By Shannon Jones, 23 June 2016

The vote to ratify does not represent a show of confidence by Verizon workers in the CWA and IBEW. It rather demonstrates that workers saw that nothing further could be gained based on the bankrupt strategy of the unions.

As voting on Verizon sellout winds down workers express concerns over jobs, healthcare

By our reporters, 14 June 2016

With voting ending at the end of this week, workers have yet to see the full contract, which includes some $200 million in health care cuts.

As more details emerge ISO continues defense of CWA sellout of Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2016

A coterie of pseudo-left groups that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party are more and more being called into service to prop up the unions.

010 IBEW endorses Clinton

10 June 2016

220 ISO and Verizon

10 June 2016

As voting continues, CWA officials pressure Verizon workers to accept sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 9 June 2016

After their first week back on the job, Verizon workers are facing concerted pressure from management and the unions to vote “yes” on the sellout contract proposal.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party hails CWA sellout of Verizon strike

By Kumaran Ira, 9 June 2016

The NPA's position on the Verizon strike is a warning that it will also support a sellout of the strike movement against the French government's austerity policies.

220 France's NPA hails sellout of Verizon strike

8 June 2016

“Why should CEOs get double and triple raises and we get health care cuts?

Verizon workers discuss CWA contract betrayal

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2016

The Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the media have unleashed a barrage of propaganda to back the sellout deal

CWA-Verizon “agreement in principle” facilitates victimization of workers

By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2016

Verizon workers are reporting stepped up harassment from management since the unions shut down the seven-week strike.

Lessons of the Verizon strike

By Jerry White, 2 June 2016

The CWA and IBEW conspired with the Obama administration to prevent a unified struggle of workers against declining real wages and the explosion of social inequality.

Returning Verizon workers face consequences of CWA betrayal

By Nick Barrickman, 2 June 2016

With Verizon workers demobilized by the unions, management set out to implement a new regime of harassment by victimizing militant workers for wearing red strike T-shirts.

Opposition continues as CWA orders Verizon strikers back to work

By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2016

Workers are continuing to register their opposition to the moves by the CWA and IBEW to conclude the strike ahead of a contract ratification vote.

International Socialist Organization covers for CWA sabotage of Verizon strike

By Daniel de Vries and Joseph Kishore, 1 June 2016

The ISO’s Socialist Worker, along with Jacobin magazine, are stepping up efforts to provide a left cover for the shut-down of the Verizon strike by the CWA and the IBEW.

Anger builds against CWA conspiracy to end Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 31 May 2016

Workers are opposing the attempt by the unions to shut down the Verizon strike and ram through a sellout agreement without discussion or review.

006 ISO and Verizon

31 May 2016

No contract, No work!

Stop the CWA-IBEW sabotage of Verizon strike!

By the WSWS <em>Verizon Strike Newsletter</em>, 31 May 2016

Workers must demand that the CWA and IBEW rescind their back-to-work order and give them sufficient time to study and vote on any agreement before returning to their jobs.

Opposition grows to CWA effort to shut down Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2016

After announcing an “agreement in principle,” the CWA and IBEW are attempting to shut down the strike before workers review and vote on a new contract.

Verizon workers circulate petition opposing CWA end of strike order

By our reporter, 30 May 2016

The petition insists on the right of workers to study and vote on a contract with Verizon before they return to work.

Stop the Memorial Day sabotage by CWA!

Emergency Verizon call-in informational meeting: Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m.

28 May 2016

CWA, IBEW maintain silence on talks, continue to isolate Verizon strike

By Nick Barrickman, 27 May 2016

The union executives’ collusion in the information blackout demanded by the Obama administration is a telltale sign that they are preparing a sellout of the embattled Verizon workers.

Workers have a right to read full contract document

Stop the CWA betrayal of the Verizon strike!

Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 27 May 2016

Everything depends on the initiative of rank-and-file workers if this heroic fight is not to end up in another betrayal like 2011.

035 ATT San Diego strike update

26 May 2016

CWA ends San Diego AT&T strike to further isolate Verizon fight

By Nick Barrickman, 26 May 2016

The Communications Workers of America shut down the strike by AT&T West on Tuesday in an effort to block a wider strike by telecom workers on both coasts.

With Verizon sticking to demands, workers look to break CWA isolation of strike

By Samuel Davidson, 25 May 2016

Verizon's chief executive officer made it clear at a conference of telecom executives Tuesday that the company will not back down on its demands for sweeping job cuts and concessions.

“The bottom line is money”

Video: AT&T workers in San Diego on strike

By our reporters, 25 May 2016

The WSWS spoke to some of the 1,700 striking AT&T workers about the political issues involved in their strike and the ongoing strike of 39,000 workers at Verizon.

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”

Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

By our reporters, 24 May 2016

AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.

AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

Congressional Democrats call for end to Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2016

President Obama, Congressional Democrats and the unions are intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike before it becomes the catalyst for a broader movement of the working class.

Verizon strikers denounce federal mediation, CWA news blackout

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 21 May 2016

Workers said they were determined to defeat any attempt by the unions to repeat the sellout of 2011, when the CWA and IBEW ended a strike without a contract.

A resurgence of class struggle

By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016

The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.

Growing anger among Verizon strikers as CWA and IBEW prepare sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2016

After telling workers they would not accede to Verizon’s demands for a federal mediator, the CWA and the IBEW agreed to mediation as talks restarted Tuesday.

As CWA prepares sellout, Verizon strikers discuss way forward on WSWS online call

By our reporter, 20 May 2016

Verizon strikers from throughout the East Coast of the United States discussed and debated the way forward during a two-hour call hosted by the WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter.

Break the CWA’s isolation of the Verizon strike!

Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 20 May 2016

The five-week strike by 40,000 Verizon workers can only be taken forward by mobilizing the strength of the entire working class.

CWA, Verizon impose blackout on contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 19 May 2016

The federal mediator overseeing contract talks, Allison Beck, is a tried and tested representative of the corporate establishment.

CWA agrees to federal mediator, prepares sellout of Verizon strike

By Samuel Davidson, 18 May 2016

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed to a federal mediator during talks overseen by the Obama administration.

The political struggle facing Verizon workers

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2016

The month-long strike by 40,000 workers at Verizon Communications in the eastern United States is at a critical juncture.

Verizon strike: CWA officials call New York cops against WSWS reporters

By Sandy English, 16 May 2016

Union officials in Brooklyn called the police to stop strikers from speaking to the WSWS, just days after an NYPD cop, driving a van load of scabs, ran down a striking worker.

Obama’s labor department intervenes in Verizon strike

By our reporters, 16 May 2016

The US Labor Department announced that Verizon, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers would resume negotiations Tuesday.

One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 16 May 2016

The strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers is at a crossroads. Jerry White, the SEP’s candidate for US president, will host a call to discuss the way forward for striking workers.

“It will come to us next”

Auto and transit workers support Verizon strikers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2016

There is widespread support for the striking Verizon workers, even as the unions are isolating their struggle as they work with the corporation to impose concessions.

World Socialist Web Site Verizon Strike Newsletter Online Forum

One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

14 May 2016

Participating in the call will be the Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate and WSWS labor editor, Jerry White

New picket line assault on Verizon strikers in Massachusetts

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2016

The silence of the CWA on the recent attack on a Verizon picket in Queens, New York is encouraging more violent assaults on strikers

Obama’s labor board intervenes on behalf of Verizon strikebreakers

By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016

A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.

The financialization of the telecom industry and the Verizon strike

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2016

The concessions being demanded by the company reflect the insatiable drive by the banks and transnational corporations for ever-greater returns on investment.

CWA silent after Verizon worker run down by New York City cop

By Nick Barrickman, 11 May 2016

The incident has exposed the strikebreaking operation being coordinated by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Verizon striker run down as New York cops protect scabs

By Sandy English, 10 May 2016

A Verizon striker was struck by a van carrying scabs from a hotel in the borough of Queens in New York City. Strikers say the vehicle was driven by a uniformed cop.

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”

New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

9 May 2016

A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.

New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle

By our reporters, 6 May 2016

There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions.

Verizon strike enters fourth week

By Samuel Davidson, 5 May 2016

Verizon is demanding deep cuts to health care for both active and retired workers along with rule changes.

Verizon steps up strikebreaking after “last, best and final” offer

By Nick Barrickman, 2 May 2016

The company's demands for job cuts and sweeping health care and pension concessions, come as Verizon continues to post immense profits.

“This is the turning point for all of us”

Verizon strikers react to company ultimatum

By our reporters, 30 April 2016

Verizon workers are determined to continue their fight for jobs, wages and working conditions, while the unions are isolating the strike and seeking a way to impose management demands.

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in Verizon strike

By Tom Hall, 29 April 2016

The authors equate the selfish institutional interests of the union bureaucracy with the interests of the workers, covering up the actual record of the unions’ treachery.

Verizon workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White received a warm reception from Boston Verizon workers who are entering their third week on strike and will soon face the loss of health benefits.

Union forces AT&T West workers to continue working after contract expiration

By Steve Filips, 27 April 2016

The unions are working to isolate different sections of telecommunications workers and prevent a unified struggle with the 39,000 striking Verizon workers in the US Northeast.

Unions provide platform for Democrats at Verizon strike rallies

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Workers told the WSWS that they are increasingly frustrated and angry over the lack of information from the unions and the absence of any strategy to win the strike.

Strike of 39,000 Verizon workers nearing end of second week

By Samuel Davidson, 25 April 2016

Verizon is sticking to its demands for concessions, particularly cuts to healthcare and pensions, along with contract changes that would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

SEP presidential candidate discusses strike with Pittsburgh Verizon workers

By our reporters, 23 April 2016

In his first campaign stop, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Verizon workers about their strike and the need for the international unity of the working class.

“The company makes a billion dollars every quarter and is trying to take away everything”

Verizon refuses to budge on takeaway demands

By Jerry White, 22 April 2016

As the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers entered its second week, the giant telecom ramped up its provocations by charging strikers with “sabotage.”

“It’s reached a point where we had to stand up to them, and we are”

Striking Verizon workers speak out in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York

By our reporters, 21 April 2016

Hundreds of Verizon workers on Wednesday picketed a Verizon facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is being used to coordinate the company’s strikebreaking operations.

Seven dead, hundreds homeless in Houston, Texas flood

By Shelley Connor, 21 April 2016

Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.

Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

By Jerry White, 20 April 2016

While workers are determined to wage a militant battle, they have been repeatedly undermined by the telecom unions, which offered $200 million in concessions.

Verizon strike at critical juncture

By Jerry White, 19 April 2016

While workers have displayed determination and tenacity, every action by the CWA and IBEW has only encouraged the intransigence of the telecom giant.

Unions try to isolate embattled Verizon strikers

By Jerry White, 18 April 2016

As 39,000 workers fight the telecom giant, the trade unions are doing everything they can to isolate workers and force them into submission.

Verizon workers speak as strike enters new week

By our reporters, 18 April 2016

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.

“There is a lot of frustration about going back to work in 2011 without a contract”

Tensions mount as Verizon strike continues

By our reporters, 16 April 2016

Striking workers said they are determined to continue the struggle in the face of open strikebreaking by the company, which has trained 20,000 nonunion management personnel as replacements.

“Not just for us, but for other workers too”

Verizon workers discuss political issues in strike

By our reporters, 15 April 2016

On picket lines in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania reporters from the WSWS talked to strikers about the significance of the walkout by 39,000 Verizon workers.

Video: Striking Verizon workers speak out

By Samuel Davidson and Zac Corrigan, 15 April 2016

On the picket line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, striking Verizon workers speak out against intolerable working conditions and cuts to health care and pensions.

Verizon workers speak on issues in strike

By our reporters, 14 April 2016

The walkout is an expression of the pent up anger of workers all across the US after years of declining or stagnating wages and record corporate profits.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

Unions at telecom giant Verizon announce April 13 strike deadline

By Maria Kovalenko, 12 April 2016

If the walkout takes place it would involve some 40,000 communication workers on the East Coast of the US, from Massachusetts to Virginia.

US telecom unions order Verizon workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Samuel Davidson and Maria Kovalenko, 5 August 2015

Unions at telecom giant Verizon have ignored the overwhelming strike vote by tens of thousands of workers.

Verizon union gears up for sellout at US telecom

By Maria Kovalenko, 13 January 2015

The labor agreement covering 40,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States expires in August.

Verizon cashes in on sale of former operations centers in New York

By Mark Witkowski, 11 September 2014

Verizon New York has sold buildings which previously housed its operations centers employing thousands of workers.

AT&T workers reject contract, face déjà vu betrayal by union

By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013

AT&T West workers resoundingly rejected a proposed contract that would have capped wages at $22 an hour and offered paltry health care plans.

Verizon workers should reject the concessions contract

By Samuel Davidson, 22 September 2012

The 44,000 communication workers should reject the tentative contract negotiated between Verizon, the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

AFL-CIO drags Verizon workers into Philadelphia rally for Democrats

By a reporting team, 15 August 2012

The union bureaucracy dragooned Verizon workers, who have been working without a contract for one year and face the threat of imposed concessions, into a rally aimed at boosting the electoral prospects of Obama and the Democrats.

Workers in Philadelphia speak out against the two big business parties and union betrayals

By a reporting team, 15 August 2012

While the AFL-CIO organized the rally to promote the Democrats, a number of workers who came voiced opposition to this policy.

Unions preparing to agree to concessions at Verizon

By Samuel Davidson, 5 September 2011

Two weeks after shutting down a strike of 45,000 Verizon workers, unions are in ongoing negotiations with management over massive concessions in health care, pensions and job security.

Verizon workers denounce union agreement to end strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 August 2011

Verizon and the unions are set to begin negotiating one week after the unions called off the strike of 45,000 workers. The WSWS spoke to several workers in New York City.

Obama’s health care “reform” and the Verizon strike

By Tom Eley, 25 August 2011

In demanding deep cuts to workers’ health insurance, Verizon cited Obama’s imposition of taxes on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans.

A letter from an auto worker to Verizon workers

25 August 2011

This letter, written by one of the organizers of the Indianapolis Rank-and-File Committee, advises Verizon workers to build new organizations to carry forward the struggle against the company.

CWA and IBEW abandon workers victimized by Verizon

By Samuel Davidson, 24 August 2011

At least 80 Verizon workers were suspended during the two-week strike, and are now left at the mercy of the company.

ISO covers for unions’ betrayal of Verizon strike

By Jerry White, 23 August 2011

The International Socialist Organization is defending the unions responsible for the sellout of the strike by 45,000 Verizon telecom workers.

The betrayal of the Verizon strike

By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2011

The decision of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to end the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers demonstrates that workers cannot mount a successful fight against the attacks of the corporations unless they break free of the organizational stranglehold of the official trade unions.

Workers denounce union shutdown of Verizon strike

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2011

Many Verizon workers responded to the announcement with a mixture of shock, suspicion and anger .

Two striking Verizon workers could face 18 months in jail

By Tom Eley, 20 August 2011

Two striking Verizon workers could face up to 18 months in jail and a $3,500 fine for allegedly blocking the vehicle of a strike-breaker in the first week of the strike.

Injunctions attack democratic rights of Verizon strikers

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 August 2011

An examination of the injunctions leveled against the Verizon strikers show that they undermine core democratic rights of the workers.

New York Verizon workers rally against city schools contract

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 August 2011

A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and supporters protested the approval of a contract between the New York City Department of Education and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools.

Video: On the Verizon picket lines in Pittsburgh

By Andre Damon, 18 August 2011

On August 7, 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike against $1 billion a year in wage and benefit concessions demanded by the company.

“Five percent of the population will be wealthy, with everyone else fighting for food”

Verizon strikers denounce health care cut-off, court injunctions

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2011

Verizon has sent letters to all 45,000 striking workers informing them that they will lose health care and other benefits in order to place further pressure upon strikers to return to work.

“This isn’t a negotiation. It’s more like dictating.”

Verizon workers denounce company charges of “sabotage”

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 August 2011

Verizon has escalated its attack on the 45,000 striking telecommunication workers, stating that all workers will lose their health and other benefits on September 1. This follows reports that Verizon will fire any workers it accuses of sabotage or unlawful activities.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Joseph Kishore, 16 August 2011

As the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers in the US enters its second week, the government is aggressively intervening on the side of the company to strangle the resistance of the workers to sweeping concessions demands.

“Gerry was run down like a dog”

Verizon strikers honor Gerry Horgan, killed at a picket in 1989

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 August 2011

Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the death of Gerry Horgan, a 34-year-old telecommunications worker who was killed by a strikebreaker while manning a picket in 1989.

Government strike-breaking against Verizon workers

By Joseph Kishore, 15 August 2011

New York has begun using special anti-terror police units to aid Verizon’s strike-breaking operation and the FBI has announced an investigation into the company’s allegations of sabotage by strikers.