December 19, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Warwick R.I.—About 70 Verizon call-center workers picketed a company store here Dec. 13, demanding that their contract include a clause to prevent their jobs from being shipped overseas.
Management “would love nothing more than to outsource these jobs,” said Steve Murphy, business manager for Local 2023 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The union represents about 285 people in the Verizon call center in Providence, and many jobs there pay $20 an hour or more. Contracts covering about 37,000 workers expired Aug. 1, and Verizon lists the union’s job-security demand as one of several sticking points in the negotiations. “If we don’t get protection by January 1st, they could conceivably move a lot of this work overseas,” Murphy said. Read more