The Verizon worker strike–45,000 workers nationwide and 8,000 locally–is in its second week, and the stakes on both sides are high. Exactly what are the stakes? Here’s what Verizon is trying to do to its unionized work force:

  • freeze pensions for current workers and eliminate them for new hires;
  • continue sending our jobs to Mexico and the Phillipines;
  • slash sick leave and benefits for workers injured on the job;
  • force current and retired workers to pay thousands of dollars for health care; and
  • slash paid holidays, including eliminating MLK’s Birthday and Veterans Day as holidays.

The BTU leadership and many members have joined the Verizon picket line, and we encourage you to do so as well. See here for more information.

BTU Joins Verizon Workers on Strike Last Week in Downtown Boston