Verizon Strike: CWA Files Charges as IBEW Members Cross Picket Line

A union representing employees of Verizon Communications on Friday announced filing charges with a federal agency that allege the telecommunications company has engaged in unfair labor practices by refusing to bargain in good faith.

The Communications Workers of America has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) an independent federal agency that acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices to order Verizons management to act in good faith. The charges were filed with NLRB offices in Baltimore and New York.

Verizon media representatives could not be immediately reached Monday afternoon to comment on the charges.

Approximately 35,000 members of the CWA and 10,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have been on strike for the past several days after the unions were unable to reach an agreement with Verizon on a new agreement related to workers healthcare premiums, retirement benefits and other issues. About 70 Verizon Wireless workers also have been on strike.

But on Saturday, IBEWs President Edwin D. Hill said he received reports that some IBEW locals were performing contracting work for Verizon.

While we understand the economic pressure that is affecting many workers all across our economy and the short-term need for employment, performing work at a struck company violates a bedrock principle upon which the IBEW, like the entire labor movement, was founded,” Hill said in a statement. I am using the full authority of the office of International President to put an end to our members undermining the struggle of others in our union and in the CWA.”

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