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Forty-five thousand striking Verizon workers could lose medical benefits by the end of the month. A provision in the workers' contract allows suspension of medical benefits as of Aug. 31, Verizon spokesperson Raymond McConville confirmed, including coverage for prescription drugs, vision and dental services. Health coverage will still be available to striking employees who want to pay for it themselves through the federally mandated health insurance program, COBRA. However, COBRA tends to be very pricey.
Dear Rob Spiegel,
Thank you for your article about the Verizon strike. We are fighting for the jobs of the middle class of America.
We, the Union members, just want a fair contract. That's all we have ever wanted. We didn't want to go on strike, believe me, we would all rather be working but we were forced into the street by the Verizon into this situation. Verizon claims that they are losing business on the wireline side of the shop. In the wireline side of the shop we provide FIOS service to all the customers. When a customer switches their service from a traditional landline to FIOS, Verizon counts that as losing a customer. I don't see how that is possible because the customer still pays their bill to Verizon. We also provide the new 4G wireless LTE network out of the wireline side of the shop to all the cell towers and even to our competitor, ATT. The company will tell the media anything just so it will have a negative impact on the Union. Why doesn't Verizon come out and say the wireline side of the shop provides these services that are generating money? All anyone hears is that the wireline side is losing money.
Verizon is effectively trying to bust the Union with it's tactics.
We, the CWA members, are committed to win this fight no matter how long it takes.