Okay, workers for Verizon have been protesting and this is week two. The company refuses to meet them half-way even. And now Verizon is attempting strike-break. WSWS is one of the few outlets to report on it. Here's one worker's story:
Moamer, a central office technician, explained, “When we went on strike for two weeks in 2003, management took over our jobs. They smiled a lot and were happy to make so much money. In 2005, Verizon took away management’s pensions and benefits. The scabs are coming in from other states doing our jobs now. I have heard they are from states as far away as Texas, Florida and Virginia.
“We were told today that they will start enforcing the injunction here tomorrow. There was a cop here yesterday doing a head count. The number of people you can have picketing depends on how many people work at that location. We have about 2,000 people working here. According to the injunction, we cannot have more than 150 people picket. This makes no sense. Where are the other people supposed to go to fight for a better contract?
“When we had our rally here on July 30, we had about 15,000 people here. If any of the politicians had a rally, and 500 or 600 people showed up, this would be great. The politicians would hand out flyers and take donations and put it on TV. It would be a good thing, and they would put it on the news. But if it is for a contract, they want to make it illegal under the injunction.I want to know why the Verizon strike isn't getting attention from many?
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