5 Things to Know: How the Verizon Strike Affects You

Company doesn't expect loss of thousands of workers to affect service.

Two of Verizon’s largest unions are on strike, affecting hundreds of workers across Long Island and thousands across the East Coast. But with such a major strike, many locals are left wondering why it happened and how it could affect them.

With that in mind, here are five thing to know about the strike.

1. Around 45,000 East Coast workers forVerizon Communications went on strike Sunday after contract negotiations that began on June 22 fell apart. Workers say concessions they were asked to make regarding health care and pensions were not fair given how much money the company takes in – revenue was $27.8 billion in the second quarter. Verizon says the bulk of its revenue is coming from its wireless division, not the land line telephone, FiOS television and Internet products that the union workers serve. We’re curious, have you cut the land line?

2. The strike does not affect Verizon Wireless stores or service. It is a separate division of the company.

3. Workers are picketing at local dispatch garage and Verizon stores; here's a video of  and a 

4. Verizon says it has trained retirees and managers to handle repair calls, installations and new orders during the strike. But workers we’ve spoken to at picket sites believe there is no way the temps can cover the same amount of work done by the striking workers. That remains to be seen, but if you’re having trouble getting any kind of service from Verizon, let us know.

5. In Northern Suffolk, Town of Smithtown residents have full access to Verizon FiOS services, including television, but aside from a few villages, Town of Brookhaven residents cannot get FiOS since the town and the tech company never settled on a franchise agreement. In those areas, DSL Internet and land line are the only affected services.

Greg Martinez August 16, 2011 at 07:51 PM
I think the CWA union rank-in-file are nice folks (for the most part). However, the CWA leadership are commies in my opinion. I was a CSEA and then PEF state employee for 30 years. Guess what? State employee benefits declined over the past 30 years. I have been retired since January, but according to what I hear from the grapevine, new state employees under any new contract will have less benefits, again. I have not researched this, but I heard that CSEA (and maybe PEF) employees may have mandatory one or two week unpaid furloughs. To the CWA I say, welcome to Obamanomics. The economy is what it is.
Ed August 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM
WD I respected your opinion and gave you an alternate view and all you have done is called others and now me names and tried to bully people into agreeing with you. You act like the very people you are complaining about. Walt Whitman Mall was a CEV failure not an act of sabotage (that is why it was fixed so quickly). The other two I can't comment on other than to say that Verizon hasn't mentioned them in their complaint to get injunctions against the union (if it was sabotage they would definitely have used it to get a tougher injunction). Either way i won't discuss it with you any further. Keep bullying and insulting people and trying to intimidate them into believing your "facts". You are a real "expert". At what I have no idea!
Hugh McDermott August 22, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Hey WMD, Writing on a blog with your laptop is not my idea of courage. Walking a picket line, knowing your livelihood is threatenened,takes some guts. At least you're with people you respect, not some sniper with a keyboard(or company shill).
Hugh McDermott August 23, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Hey WD why dont you get your facts from a site other than yahoo you scab
Hugh McDermott August 23, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Hey WD why dont you get your facts from a site other than yahoo you scab


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