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Question of the Day: Verizon Strike

What are your thoughts on the Verizon strike?

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If you drove through the Easton Industrial Park yesterday, you might have noticed some picketing Verizon workers while Verizon managers

The cut wire resulted in cable outages for many of the Industrial Park's businesses and nearby residences.

What are your thoughts on the Verizon strike? Have you been affected by the strike or yesterday's outage?

Dmoore August 10, 2011 at 06:16 PM
This was not a "cut-wire", but a multi-strand bundle which was targeted to create the most havoc and opportunity for workers to be harassed as they attempted to bring back service for hundreds of businesses. Arguments like "copper-thieves" or "management must have done it" is absurd. The show of force by the striking workers on this quiet, dead end street only confirms in my mind the egregious behavior unions will silently endorse with a wink and a nod. My strong opinion is that all 45000 striking workers should be fired immediately and Verizon begin the process of hiring their replacements. As free American’s we all have the right to apply for a position at Verizon as undoubtedly, they will be hiring. If your unqualified, untrained or unwilling to contribute to the success of the company, or you don’t like the benefits or pay of said private firm, or you don’t like the executive compensation, or you don’t like that a different division is making more money than yours, it is your right to apply somewhere else. With all the lost Verizon business, I’m sure Comcast is hiring. Unions have long outlived their usefulness. Go fight for “working families” by going back to work and not trying to disrupt the “working families” businesses that are affected by your criminal and non-criminal actions.
Oakton August 10, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Couldn't say it better than DMoore. I've been waiting for FiOS in a new house since this strike began, and I'd gladly pay for service I'm not getting or wait longer if it would help Verizon fight off the union goons' control over their labor. If anything, this just encourages me not to go to another company and to wait for Verizon service.
Lonnie Grimes August 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM
I was verbally assaulted and video taped by these goons while trying to make a living today . No one is sympathetic for them . half the country is fighting to survive and these asses are complaining because they have to pay into their own benefits . UNREAL
Jon August 11, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Ask anyone who has had to work with these Union employees and they will tell you that they are lazy, unmotivated and unprofessional. We have watched large portions of or work load be transferred to them only to have our "old" customers call us and beg us to help them, they can't get the "new" support group to even answer the phones. Now that they are on strike and we are picking up their work load, easily I might add, we are finding equipment that we gave them to maintain in horrific condition, it is obvious looking at what they have not been doing that they don't care one whit about our customers or our company. Fire them all, replace them with the 30,000 folks we laid off because of their "no-layoff" contract and lets get back to building the best telecommunications company in the world.
The MiddleClass August 11, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Everyone that takes these jobs are only hurting themselves! You will work like a slave for several years but get laid off before you make 6 years ( ask those in AT&T) . Verizon thanks you for helping lay in their FIOS infrastructure but im sorry to inform you I can have akbeh from India maintain everything. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS UNDER ATTACK FOOLS AND THOSE WORKING WHILE PEOPLE STRIKE ARE HELPING THAT CAUSE!
The MiddleClass August 11, 2011 at 02:18 AM
Another thing jokers. Verizon does not care about you! get all of that. As a customer they want your money and as an employee they want your life. Verizon FIOS cable service and Verizon wireless charge higher than anyone else until competition finally maked them change their stubborn minds. Verizon is really GTE ( do the research) and they dont care about anyone in this COUNTRY. So go ahead and keep thinking that this fight has no affect on you. My father use to tell me "son get a college degree and a good company will pick you up. You give your heart for that company and you will retire happy in your career". Those days have changed. We the common folk are the last patriots and our country has been abandoned by the same corporations we helped build. So go ahead and FIRE all of us cause You will be right behind us within a year! You want FIOS at all cost.. Fine, have fun flipping channels cause their won't be any steady repectable work left.
The MiddleClass August 11, 2011 at 02:24 AM
make a living but respect my living as well. dont take my job
chochlik August 11, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Hate unions? They gave you five day work weeks, vacations, eight hour workdays, benefits and decent wages. They tell you thousands of dollars you pay for your social security and medicare every year does make these programs your earned right not as media and teabaggers call them entitlements. Verizon is the company that build their fortune on providing service over the wirelines. Due to mismanagement by Ivan and his team, they killed their payphone business, allow competition to enter their local\wire business in exchange for being allowed to provide long distance service. You can buy $2 card at any grocery store and talk for hours with any country in the world or use Verizon long distance and spend hundreds of dollars for same phone call. His team made also investments in many phone companies in central and south America that went belly up, they bought Nortel Networks which went bankrupt and countless other acquisitions that didn't quiet turn well. This proclaimed telephone genius succeeded in two endeavors; he made himself one of the top ten amature golfers in US and build himself one of the world largest collection of exotic cars. All these on about six million dollars salary per year. He retired on August 1 and appointed Lowell McAdam his replacement. Lowell is a wireless guy who belives that his employees need nice uniforms and fancy titles to do their jobs. Forget about any benefits, you are senior technical associate, be proud of your title.
Ro August 11, 2011 at 05:30 AM
I TOTALLY AGREE. You would too, if you weren't rich, or paid by the Right Wing
Ro August 11, 2011 at 05:32 AM
GO UNIONS. YOU GUYS BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND MADE IT STRONG. VERIZON UNION BUILT FIOS AND WIRELESS. SCREW CORPORATE GREED AND GREEDY VERIZON CEO'S ( and you mindless republican posters)
m cicone August 11, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Verizon workers are not asking for anything more then their last contract.Union stand strong and weed out the greed of Management!Lowell got his money so the hell with everyone else!
Patrick Maguire (Editor) August 11, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Folks, I appreciate the passionate debate. Lets be sure to refrain from slanderous language and name-calling, as per our terms of use.
Patrick August 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Considering the volatility of this situation, I'd say the language has been quite restrained.

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