Friday, April 15, 2016

Letter To The Editor On Verizon Strike


"I cannot give my name because of fear of retribution, but I am one of the Verizon workers out of work due to the strike. There are friends of mine who crossed the picket line yesterday due to having many years employment at Verizon. We were told to not speak to these people and the rumors are going around that the Union wants to start a page where they reveal the faces of people who have crossed. I am not one of them yet, but am scared about not keeping my job and don't want to be targeted if I have to."

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you get weak in the knees now you will get screwed in the end...YOU HAVE NO CONTRACT !!!

Anonymous said...

Any way you go you are screwed.....but don't hate Verizon.....thank your UNION. Economy already bad, then they push you to strike, oh but wait they have a wonderful fund to pay you from!!! Ha Ha Ha, I am truly not laughing at you, but, the UNIONS are the problem. Verizon needs you folks in order to carry on business. Maybe you workers should vote to disband the UNION????? If you have a family dependent upon your salary....cross and go to work!!! Smile as they take your picture knowing that there is a much bigger picture in your life.

Anonymous said...

Union thug tactics.

1043-They were offered a 6.5% raise. They turned THAT down.

Anonymous said...

Companies without Unions are extremely oppressive and bully their employee's .

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Companies without Unions are extremely oppressive and bully their employee's .

April 15, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Oh Bullshit!

Anonymous said...

Unions are loaded with nothing but Pu$$y A$$ Losers.

That includes the wannabe's in the Salisbury Farmin Youyun.

Anonymous said...

11:42 you must be with the UNION......OR you last worked in the 1950's era! All I worked for were non-union companies. I am a hard worker and never needed anyone else to speak for ne or make my job secure....I established my value by having an excellent work ethic! Did I ever think I was paid what I was worth??? NO!!! Was I paid fairly with other folks and companies doing the same work YES! I raised my family, wife was able to stay at home and raise the kids, and we had food and a roof over our heads. You don't need a union to provide.....just the will to work and do an honest job for your employer.

Anonymous said...

ask the people over at dresser wayne how well strikes work


you should be able to ind them flipping burgers someplace

Anonymous said...

Not saying the union is good or bad but I will say that people shouldn't be scared to make decisions that affect themselves and their family. Not everyone can afford to stay out of work while the union and Verizon compare Penis sizes.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Verizon a closed shop?

Anonymous said...

All they do is sit on their a$$ answering phone calls how much money do they need. How hard is it to answer a phone "thank you for calling Verizon my name is... my number is... how may I help you"... I just did all that for free

Anonymous said...

The techs are on strike as well not just the call center.

Anonymous said...

The government has a better Union work 20 years and get paid more when you retire for the rest of your life benefits included.

Anonymous said...

Us users cant get unlimited data anymore so you shouldnt get your raise.

Anonymous said...

If you actually get someone who speaks english when you call customer service it is amazing! Then to actually have a Tech show up on time, or better yet to actually fix or complete the job is a miracle by itself! The last problem I had took 15 calls to customer service and 7 service tech calls before one of the techs actually wanted to the work he was being paid to do! HMMMM! Nuff said!

Anonymous said...

Jim Ireton is so liberal he will do anything to get a vote. This is what the Douche Bag posted on his FB and Campaign pages. He is so stupid that he thinks most people support unions. Guess what Homo, they Don't!! Oh and Chuck Cook is loving all over this.

Jim Ireton
6 hrs ·
Yesterday I joined CWA members on the side of the road and showed my support by standing up to corporate greed with them.

Proud to Stand With the Communications Workers of America

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Ireton For Congress
I am proud to stand with the Communications Workers of America as they fight Verizon’s corporate greed. Today, the top 100 corporate executives have more in their retirement accounts than 50 million Americans. I will continue to fight for the American worker standing up to corporate greed.

Anonymous said...

I have not seen much about the strike on the news.

Anonymous said...

The five mentioned verizon tonight, seemed like a joke though as it came from the airbag geraldo.

Anonymous said...

I am a former employee and I have heard how nasty things can get during a strike.I picketed during two previous strikes but everyone was civil....The people I worked with who crossed the line while I picketed were still the same people and I respected their right to make their own choices.Most of the line crossers were Jehovah Witnesses who cannot strike as part of their faith.I can respect that.What I cannot respect is grown ass men doing things like pissing on vehicles of the crossers or harassing them.Frankly I only walked a picket because I had a temp job lined up to support myself during the strike.If it came down to paying my bills or picketing,the choice is easy and I would have crossed.

Anonymous said...

3:39 They got a raise... 6.5% raise. Their portion of health care went up, the same as the rest of the entire country. They can pound sand. Verizon should blow up the union, and hire people who need to work. Give them a taste of reality.

Anonymous said...

If your mad at the corporate execs who make big bucks then you should have been one of them. Now your union brothers kick you to the curb and cross the line worried only about themselves. Dont forget to be angry at everyone who has a verizon phone they are supporting the stupidity in one way or another. People are so stupid they could own a new car or buy food vs. the cost of get it now. Look back to our educators for not teaching our youth on how really not to be able to think. Can you hear me now?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:44...You have no idea what you are talking about!! Those people you say just sit on their a** are trained and dictated what to say, you have no idea how badly they are treated by Verizon. So, go do what you gotta do, just get your facts straight. You must be a scab..

Anonymous said...

If the union was for its members, it would not be sitting on as much cash as it says they have.

Anonymous said...

Seems the big losers will be the workers, especially if some are worried about crossing and doing what they need to do for their families.

Anonymous said...

sharing..In response to some of our union critics on social media. I would just remind them Verizon has been taking things away from its workers and customers for years. It takes many years to learn most of these jobs, especially since their training programs have become poor and we are required to mostly self train. To tell customers they'll provide quality service like their recent ad's claim, using people unwillingly forced from behind a desk from another state or fresh off the street with limited training is a lie, and dangerous. They treat their lower level management poorly, and only know how to lead through threat and intimidation. They've also not delivered on obligations to provide the fiber infrastructure they were given huge tax subsidies and rate hikes to build, it reeks of arrogance. Our nations communications infrastructure is woefully inadequate, and falls well below other industrial nations because these telecom behemoths lobby to get what THEY want. Verizon takes out full page ads telling the world their average worker makes $130k ,among other lies, when I, (in the highest paid union title in the highest paid area), have never made 6 figures. I have made within 5k of the same range for the last 15 years, all while now giving back to verizon. Instead of using the $1.8 billion they make every month to hire enough employees they want to be able to move us around to work locations hundreds of miles away at a moments notice, not in case of emergency, just as normal routine practice for their benefit. What was once a great job has devolved into a company of very poor morale, and the leadership just does not get it or care. If you support companies like that and want to keep sending jobs to Mexico and the Philippines,so be it. But we're a little angry.

Anonymous said...

I am not callous, I listen to your problems I do what is in my control to help, I am compassionate, caring and concerned. If I can't help I give it to someone I hope can resolve your issue. I follow up with you to help in anyway I can afterwards. I give you my email, I follow your bill, I respond to requests that have nothing to do with my contact with you a year earlier. I don't remember you but I call back and talk like old friends, I resolve your new issue because "You helped last time". We have never met but we keep in touch with email, not to commend the service only when you have a problem(because now you have an INSIDE person, 😂) but I'm ok with that, thats my job. I am the voice of Verizon that you have never seen a face, but if I've helped you and you come back to me it means I'm doing MY job, a job I've been highly trained to do. And you won't get better then me!!! I am not greedy, I work hard, I deal with new customers as well as customers I've dealt with months earlier. I do my best with what I'm allotted. But I am the Verizon you don't see. I am the Verizon you call to complain to, I AM the one that gets things done!!!

Anonymous said...

Over 3 years, Sparky. That's 2% per year.

Anonymous said...

And you know better, how?

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO!! Obviously you have never worked for Verizon.

The call centers are only one of many jobs, most technical, and all well above your head.

Anonymous said...

The utter fail in that statement is just dumbfounding.

1. "Unlimited data" has to do with cellphones.

2. Verizon Wireless deals with cellphones.

3. Verizon is on strike, NOT Verizon Wireless.

4. It is the greed of MANAGEMENT not the workers, that eliminated unlimited data.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess...you were calling about your DSL/internet service?

This is a PERFECT example of one major reason we are on strike. Those calls used to be handled by English speaking workers here in the USA. Several years ago, Verizon shipped those jobs to India.

So when you call about a problem with your DSL/internet service, they might say "This is Craig from California" but it's actually "Haboob from Calcutta, India". As if it wasn't obvious...

Now, Verizon wants to close more call centers here, and ship those jobs to the Phillipines and Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Only a few were Jovvies.

And while their religions supposedly prevents them from joining a union, there is nothing that says they have to cross the picket line.

Anonymous said...

We haven't gotten any raise. The company is offering 6.5% over THREE years. Which is barely over 2% per year.

While raising our healthcare "up to" 10% every year...and adding a $5,000 deductible, including on prescriptions.

Your perception of reality is lacking.

Anonymous said...

Good points!

Anonymous said...

If the company cared about the workers who built the company, they wouldn't be trying to ship jobs to Mexico and the Phillipines, and trying to take away benefits and cut net pay.

Anonymous said...

You can't get any real work done is "everyone" is an "exec".

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has decent money management skills can afford to stay out on strike as long as necessary. When you are hired, you know that being on strike is one of those things that just goes with the territory, now and then.

After a couple weeks, we do get strike pay, and there is no reason we can't go out and get a part time job to make ends meet if needed.

Anonymous said...

So, how's fries?

Anonymous said...

Some companies treat their employees fairly, like it sounds your employer did. Which is wonderful.

Some do not, like Verizon, and that is why we have a union..

Anonymous said...

Couldn't pass the qualifications for that union job, could you, Sparky.

Anonymous said...

Total over three years. Do the math.

Anonymous said...

There is a much bigger picture, and it has to do with our long term job security. Cross the picket line, and you are stating loud and clear that you don't care about maintaining your job and benefits.

And that you're a self-centered moron who wants others to sacrifice so they reap the benefits.

Anonymous said...

You cross the picket line, and when we get back to work, EVERYBODY knows who you are and what you did. And you can bet it will never be forgotten. Not a comfortable place to be.

You are the one who took the job, you knew there are responsibilities that come with benefits of being a union member. Don't like it? So quit. Nobody is forcing you to work at a union job. Oh wait, you like the pay and benefits? Guess why we have the pay and benefits that we do...it obviously isn't the "geberosity" of the company.


Quit being a self-centered bint, and support your union co-workers as they are supporting you.

Anonymous said...

I smell a lot of bullshit in these posts.....I worked at Verizon so yes I know firsthand they are nowhere near the edge of poverty.I hate to see any jobs outsourced but it happens.Look where greed got the former employees of Dresser.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure doing what you have to do in order to take care of your family is called responsibility, not being a self-centered bint. Everyone's situation is different. I wish I was surprised about some of the hinted threats in these comments, but I am not.

Anonymous said...

I do believe many of these comments are proving the point of the post. Maybe the biggest problem at Verizon is the people making these nasty comments. Either way, it does not sound like a nice place to work.

Anonymous said...

Unions help keep lazy underqualified bad employees on payroll not the other way around.

Unions had their place in the 1950's, and are now "taxing" themselves out of existence. This is 2016. Get with it.

Anonymous said...

Define "technical". How many Verizon positions company-wide require advanced education? 5%? 7%?

For the record, an online completion certificate from ITT Tech is not an advanced degree.

Anonymous said...

Compare what is offered to you against what the average employee receives (or doesn't receive) and you'll change your tune.

The entitlement attitude of you Union pansies is the lead factor in the downfall of too many good businesses. Open a textbook or follow the news. And get back to work.

Anonymous said...

You didn't build the company, the generations before you did. Your "union" has grown into a bunch of lazy entitled pansies.

Obviously it's more cost effective to move jobs overseas where people appreciate what they have and dismantle the union stranglehold.

Anonymous said...

This issue is affecting the land-based operations of Verizon, correct? Didn't Bloomberg predict this type of communication(s) would be non-existent in the next several decades?

Why are you concerned with long-term "benefits" if your job won't exist in the future?

Get back to work.

Anonymous said...

The coworkers aren't supporting anyone but themselves. The union dues aren't optional, are they?

Everyone get back to work or it'll be just the "scabs" who have jobs when the dust settles.

Your so-called Union is on its way out. Don't believe me? Ask how it worked out for Dresser employees. Or just read the news.

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