Verizon and unions report progress

(08/04/03) WASHINGTON D.C. - Verizon and the two unions that represent 78,000 workers are continuing talks. Telephone operators and technicians reported to work Monday even though their contract expired over the weekend. The union says it is making significant progress at the bargaining table.

Workers in Westchester made sure their voices were heard Monday as talks continued in Rye Brook. Some of the workers say they don't want to see jobs moved out of New York.

A federal mediator is overseeing talks on issues such as future layoffs and the prospects for those workers getting jobs in other parts of the company. A union spokesman said that job security is a major issue.

The Communications Workers of America represents the bulk of the 78,000 workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 18,000.

Verizon Communications is the largest provider of local and wireless telephone service in the United States.

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