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Teachers Join the Sea of Red

Daniel Hinton's picture
Aug 14, 2015

Approximately 300 CWA brothers and sisters and their allies rallied on Thursday in Rocky Point, Long Island, to protest Verizon's anti-union tactics during contract negotiations. 

Most of those in the sea of red shirts were CWA local members: 1104, 1108, 1109, and more. But that's not all. Teachers from Levittown, Half Hollow Hills, Commack, and other NYSUT members joined in, as did IBEW Local 1049. Their attendance and support did more than just pad numbers  — it was a concrete example of solidarity. That's what our CWA brothers and sisters need from working-class allies through their fight against greedy Verizon executives.

Since August 1st, CWA District 1 members at Verizon have been on the job without a contract. The union's bargaining team claims the telecom corporation "has not gotten off a single one of its concessionary demands," which include increasing health care costs for active and retired employees and eliminating family care leave, accident disability, and job security.

Contract negotiations will resume next week, and CWA District 1 will call for more more mass actions and rallies. If Thursday was any indication, the protests will only get bigger and louder from there. And Verizon has more than their own employees to worry about now — they have Long Island's entire union community standing strong on the other side of the table and in the streets.

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