Verizon has escalated its attack on the 45,000 striking telecommunication workers, stating that all workers will lose their health and other benefits on September 1. This follows reports that the company will fire any workers it accuses of sabotage or unlawful activities.
Verizon has used the unsubstantiated charge of sabotage since the second day of the strike to obtain court injunctions limiting pickets and to intimidate strikers, who are fighting against concessions of $1 billion demanded by the company. Local and state police, along with the FBI, have been brought in to investigate, with the FBI comparing workers accused of sabotage with 9/11 terrorists.
Now the company is threatening to fire workers it accuses of sabotage. In reality, this charge will be used to fire any militant worker. At the same time, all workers will lose health, dental and vision care for both themselves and their families starting next month.If you're doing business with Verizon, if they're you're carrier for cell or home, you really need to be asking why you're doing business with Verizon. You also need to wonder about the crazies running the company. Verizon requires good will to stay in business and yet it is attacking workers. Verizon needs to grasp that they are destroying their own image and if they don't stop very soon they will go the way of WorldCom and others.
And by the way, where's Barack? The man who promised, as a candidate, to be on the street, in sneakers, walking the picket lines, now sides with the corporation attacking workers.
I am offended enough by Hillary Clinton's refusal to accept that we don't have the money for the administration's Iraq adventures. I am more offended that the Secretary of Defense is out using his time to try to scare up funds for State. There is a hell of a lot more to do and if he doesn't realize that, he needs to resign his post.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: