Verizon and Communications Workers of American (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are set to resume negotiations this week on major concessions demanded by the company. The discussions are starting one week after the unions called off a strike of 45,000 workers in the US Northeast without any agreement from the company to withdraw any of its demands.
The end of the strike, justified by the unions on the ground that management is now prepared to “bargain seriously” is the preparation by the unions for accepting all the major demands of the company. Verizon is seeking $1 billion in cuts, including sharp reductions in health care, pensions and other benefits, and the elimination of job security.
There is widespread unease and anger over the return to work. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of workers in New York City after the return to work.