Unions took to the streets to show mass solidarity for their bargaining teams, with rallies all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
Several hundred CWA Local 1101 Verizon workers and their supporters rallied Jan. 26 in front of 140 West Street to say, "Settle our contract!"
Some 45,000 unionized Verizon workers, members of CWA and IBEW returned to work at a minute past midnight on Aug. 23, ending their 2-week strike. The old contract was reinstated, pending the outcome of re-started bargaining between the telecom firm and the two unions.
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.
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