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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Local Kansas Unions support Verizon’s Unionized Workers

When 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike, working families showed incredible solidarity. Now, these workers—represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW)—will return to work tonight at midnight. All pickets and demonstrations have been suspended.

Thanks to the support of the entire labor movement and community allies, the real collective bargaining process can begin for Verizon workers. And as bargaining continues, both parties have agreed to extend the existing collective bargaining agreement.

As Verizon workers return to work, they need to know we continue to support them. Sign our solidarity statement, and we’ll deliver your comments to the workers as they resume negotiations.

Work will resume tonight because there is an agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. Major issues remain to be discussed but, overall, the process is more focused—and the issues more narrowed.

CWA and IBEW members appreciate the support they’ve received from all of us. Now that the focus shifts to bargaining fairly and moving forward, let’s make sure Verizon workers still know we have their backs.

Sign our solidarity statement. We’ll deliver your comments to the workers as they resume negotiations.

In Solidarity,

Manny Herrmann
Online Mobilization Coordinator, AFL-CIO

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