Verizon claims 12 acts of sabotage
Despite talks between the union and management, the strike by the Communications Workers of America against Verizon continues to be a bitter battle.
Verizon officials claim there have been at least 12 acts of sabotage, including fiber optic lines being cut, affecting phone, Internet and TV service in four states, including New York.
Union officials say the claim is just a management tactic and that sabotage is not condoned by them in any way.
The central issue is the company's demand for "givebacks" from the union.
Officials at the company say much of the work of the union members has become obsolete because customers are switching from land-based to mobile phones.
The company says the workers should not expect the kind of pay and benefits they've had in the past.
Union spokesmen are disputing the Verizon contention that with more people relying on cell phones as their primary phones that their landline business is less profitable.
The union also says it can?t accept the company's demand that pensions be frozen and that workers contribute to health care premiums.
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