Verizon strike enters second day
Thousands of Verizon workers are on the picket lines this morning as their strike enters its second day.
The picket lines are expected to grow, as thousands of Verizon workers, from New York, to Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C. take to the streets in the aftermath of contract talks that fell apart over the weekend.
Dozens of striking Verizon workers picketed outside a Verizon store on Central Avenue in Hartsdale on Sunday, to protest the company's intentions to slash paid sick leave, eliminate benefits for workers injured on the job and raise health care costs by up to $6,800 per employee.
Verizon says its health care costs are skyrocketing, making it necessary to ask union workers to share some of those costs.
The strike does not affect Verizon's wireless division, however, landline operations and installation of services like FiOS, the fiber-optic television, and Internet lines could be affected.
Verizon says it has taken steps to lessen the affects on those services by using trained managers and retirees in place of the striking workers.
Verizon workers strike after contract negotiations fall through