CWA 6300 pickets in support of striking Verizon workers

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GETTING AN EARLY START on standing up for working families, Will Klenc, 5 (center), joined his father Joe Klenc (right) and Tori Pratt (left), along with Local 6300 Executive Vice President Mark Johnson (back) at a picket in Creve Coeur last week in solidarity with striking Verizon workers. – Labor Tribune photo
GETTING AN EARLY START on standing up for working families, Will Klenc, 5 (center), joined his father Joe Klenc (right) and Tori Pratt (left), along with Local 6300 Executive Vice President Mark Johnson (back) at a picket in Creve Coeur last week in solidarity with striking Verizon workers. – Labor Tribune photo

Creve Coeur, MO – Members of CWA Local 6300 and supporting unions bannered and picketed outside the Verizon Wireless store at 11493 Olive Blvd. May 21 as part of a National Family & Friends Day of Picketing in solidarity with 39,000 striking CWA and IBEW members on the east coast. The union members have been working without a contract since August and have been on strike since April 13.

Despite making record profits – $39 billion in profits over the last three years – Verizon executives have been pushing to offshore more jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, close call centers, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for up to four months at a time.

Verizon workers also are frustrated with the company's continued refusal to meet its commitment to regulators and communities and build out high-speed FiOS broadband. Not only has Verizon failed to bring this telecommunications service to communities, it is failing to properly maintain the copper network, putting consumers and communities at risk.

“We’re here to support the 39,000-plus striking Verizon workers that are represented by the CWA and the IBEW,” Local 6300 Vice President Floyd Bell Jr. said. “Verizon is trying to do things they’ve never done before. We’re hoping its not a trend because our contract with AT&T is up next year. If you see companies go after a group that big, you can just imagine what they’ll do to a group that’s smaller.”

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