Support through your toughest HR challenges: A network of 285,000 HR professionals.
Shawn Premer shows how doing the right thing for employees leads to positive business results.
Is your employee handbook keeping up with the changing world of work? With SHRM's Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Build competencies, establish credibility and advance your career—while earning PDCs—at SHRM Seminars in 12 cities across the U.S. this spring.
#SHRM18 will expand your perspective – on your organization, on your career, and on the way you approach HR. Join us in Chicago June 17-20, 2018
Strike is the largest in U.S. since previous Verizon strike in 2011
Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way (e.g., to republish in a book or use for a commercial purpose) without SHRM’s permission. To request permission for specific items, click on the “reuse permissions” button on the page where you find the item.
Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike Wednesday morning after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the telecommunications juggernaut.
The 36,000-worker strike is the largest in the U.S. since 2011, when 45,000 Verizon workers walked off the job.
The majority of the workers service the company's landline phone business and FiOS broadband network, CNN reported.
The workers' union, the Communication Workers of America, says it has gone without a contract since August 1, 2015. Union representatives said the strike is also due to Verizon outsourcing jobs overseas and to non-union contractors.
"Verizon's corporate greed isn't just harming workers' families, it's hurting customers as well. Service quality has deteriorated to the point that New York State's Public Service Commission has convened a formal hearing to investigate problems across the Empire State. In the last few weeks, regulators in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have launched similar inquiries into Verizon's operations," the union wrote on its website.
A Verizon statement released Wednesday called the walk-off a "strike against Verizon and its customers."
"It's regrettable that union leaders have called a strike, a move that hurts all of our employees," Verizon Chief Administrative Officer Marc Reed wrote in a statement Wednesday. "Since last June, we've worked diligently to try and reach agreements that would be good for our employees, good for our customers and make the wireline business more successful now and in the future. Unfortunately, union leaders have their own agenda rooted in the past and are ignoring today's digital realities. Calling a strike benefits no one, and brings us no closer to resolution."
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please sign in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
HR Education in a City Near You
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies