If you’ve been wondering where hope for our future could come from after Corporate America scored a coup with Obama’s horrendous budget deal last week, 45,000 Verizon workers have a terrific proposal—strike!
No, the largest strike in several years in this country that began at midnight, August 7, isn’t directly in response to the debacle of trillions in cuts to feed the beast called “the markets.” But it is a healthy sign that tens of thousands of men and women facing imminent destruction of their health care, pensions, sick pay, disability benefits—their unions, really—are willing to fight back.
It’s too early to tell which direction this incredibly important fight will go, but workers are up against a corporate giant that made $6 billion in profits last year alone, while it paid its top 5 executives $258 million in BONUSES and yup, you guessed it, paid no corporate taxes for at least the last couple of years. So, if you’re unemployed, barely hanging onto your own job or even fortunate enough to have some job security in this sea of perilous uncertainty, you don’t need to remain an observer in this fight.
Get out to a picket line, maybe grab a few coworkers to come with you or even take up a collection at the office to bring your local Verizon workers some solidarity and give these fighting men and women a boost.
Verizon workers’ disgust with the proposed destruction of their current contract is captured brilliantly in the video below. Thousands of red-shirted Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) rallied in Manhattan July 30, here’s what they have to say:
Whatever it Takes