May 27, 2016

CWA statement on agreement with Verizon

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Caption: NYSUT members, leaders and staff - including President Karen E. Magee (center) - stood strong with Verizon workers on the line in Valhalla, as well as many other locations around the state. File photo by Kristy Leibowitz.

Tonight, CWA released the following statement at

Striking Verizon Workers Win Big Gains

Union to take down pickets; company agrees to add good union jobs on the East Coast
First contract for retail wireless workers; improves workers’ overall standard of living

May 27, 2016 

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after coming to an agreement in principle with the company. After 45 days of the largest strike in recent history, striking CWA members have achieved our major goals of improving working families’ standard of living, creating good union jobs in our communities and achieving a first contract for wireless retail store workers.

“CWA appreciates the persistence and dedication of Secretary Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck and their entire teams. The addition of new, middle-class jobs at Verizon is a huge win not just for striking workers, but for our communities and our country as a whole. The agreement in principle at Verizon is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” said Chris Shelton, President of the Communications Workers of America. “This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect the American middle class.”

Congratulations to the working families who stood strong for 45 long days - and a huge thank you to our members and friends in labor who walked the line in solidarity.

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