A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and some supporters Wednesday protested the approval of a $120 million contract between the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools.
The rally was organized by sections of the Democratic Party and the unions for their own narrow interests. However, it attracted a significant layer of Verizon workers who are presently on strike against $1 billion in concessions demanded by the company.
The contract with the schools has been controversial since a special investigator found that Verizon played a role in the corrupt activities of a former Department of Education technology consultant. The sub-contractor, WIllard Lantham, was arrested in April for stealing $3.6 million from a project to wire the public schools for the Internet. The investigator found that Verizon concealed billing information related to the dealings, though he did not directly implicate Verizon in the theft.
And WSWS reports:
An examination of the injunctions leveled against the Verizon strikers shows that they undermine core democratic rights of the workers. They go far beyond addressing the unsubstantiated charges of "sabotage" that the company, abetted by the media, has leveled in order to justify its strike-breaking operations.
In addition to clauses prohibiting workers from “threatening, obstructing, intimidating, or harassing” Verizon employees or contractors, the injunctions bar legal assembly and the distribution of printed material.
In New York for instance, the injunction limits the numbers of picketers based on the number of strikebreakers who are working at a particular site. A worksite with 25 strikebreakers can have at most six pickets; a location with 50 strikebreakers can have ten pickets; a location with 100 strikebreakers only 15 pickets, and so on.
Do you see the variety of coverage they are offering on the strike? I hope you do and I hope you appreciate all the original content they've produced on the strike. The Progressive isn't covering the strike. The Nation isn't covering it. It's WSWS that's doing the work for pretty much everyone. And that hasn't prevented them from covering other needed topics. I hope you get that too. What The Nation, et al refuse to do, WSWS does and does without complaining. If you've never checked out the site before, please make a point to do so this weekend.
It's Friday and we have a recipe but I wanted to start with the strike. This is a recipe Janie sent in that she learned from her mother and that has many summer vegetables in it.
Take 2 medium tomatoes and remove core and then slice as if preparing them for a salad. Slice 3 medium zucchinis as if preparing them for a salad. Chop a bell pepper. Chop one small onion.
Grease a casserole dish with olive oil -- just enough to coat, it shouldn't be soaked. Put down a zucchini in the dish, then a tomato. Like you'd do with Potatoes Anna, you want to let the edges overlap. Scatter the onion and bell pepper over the slices. Add a dash of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil. Drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil over the dish. Now place the dish in a 350 degree oven to bake for 25 minutes.
That's an easy recipe. Do not miss the snapshot today, we learn the Iraq War doesn't end. This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: