Verizon CWA & IBEW Union Members Go on Strike: America’s Communications Future is at Stake.

By Bruce Kushnick


As of this writing, (around 1:30AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2016), 40,000 Verizon workers throughout the east coast of America will not be going to work as of 6:00AM today.

About three years ago, I wrote an open letter in Huff Po.

The CWA press release states that the number of union employees went down 40% more from 2006-2016.

“For years, Verizon has been cutting vital staff — it has nearly 40 percent fewer workers now than a decade ago — and has failed to hire the personnel necessary to properly roll out the service.”

And while all companies want to get productivity gains, Verizon is not ‘all companies’. It controls the East Coast of America state-based utilities which controls critical infrastructure. And, as we showed, now, in three books, the company failed to properly upgrade and maintain the networks and has and wants to keep putting its money into other lines of business – and charging local phone customers for this privilege.

Buying AOL and now discussing Yahoo, including Yahoo Japan, and working to get rid of unions and the staff required to build out the networks — is wrong.

So, whether you are pro or con the unions, with purely self-interested reasoning that America should have the best infrastructure in the world, that the networks shouldn’t be deteriorating and everyone should have really high speeds and robust competition – bringing lower prices–because we already paid for this…

What happens with this strike and the unions matters, greatly.

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