April 24, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
New York, NY – Corporate greed versus doing the right thing by your workers is at the heart of the Verizon strike. Thirty-nine thousand CWA and IBEW workers are in the tenth day of their strike.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is endorsed for president by the CWA, spoke to workers on the Verizon picket lines in New York City.
[Chant]: "Bernie! Bernie!" [Senator Bernie Sanders]: "Brothers and sisters! Thank you for your courage in standing up for justice against corporate greed! Verizon is one of the largest, most profitable corporations in this country. But they refuse to sit down and negotiate a fair contract!"
Hillary Clinton stopped by a Verizon picket line and said Verizon should do the right thing and return to negotiations.
Clinton, unlike Sanders, has also taken money from Verizon. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for her campaign and family foundation.
The IBEW's Myles Calvey says if Verizon was really in financial distress and needed concessions the union would work it out, but Verizon is demanding concessions while racking up immense profits.
[Myles Calvey]: "They are going to bring in $132 billion dollars of revenue this year. They claim they're hurting in the wireline business. They still turned a profit of $1.6 billion. They are averaging $1.8 billion a month for the last 19 months."