Verizon workers have rejected claims by the company that their return to work marks a victory for the company.
Workers this week will miss their first paycheck as result of the strike, now in its 11th day. Pension and disability benefits were suspended as the strike began.
CWA members, union supporters and community activists rallied outside of a St. Louis Verizon store.
Union leaders say Verizon management, taking its lead from right-wing GOP governors, is trying to kill public support for its striking workers by portraying them as an overpaid elite.
The sounds of support from passing drivers reached us before we got to the picket line in an industrial area of Syracuse on Thursday.
Many of the women and men had their children with them, some experiencing the fight for justice for the first time.
Solidarity is key to the victory of any strike, especially for the 45,000 Verizon workers fighting to save their jobs and benefits at the bargaining table.
The 45,000 strikers walked off the job this weekend because the company has refused to budge since negotiations began July 22.
Verizon, which earns billions in profits and whose chief officer makes $55,000 per day, is attacking the working conditions, health benefits and pensions of its unionized workforce.