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VZ Strike Update: Support builds for strikers, Verizon faces growing criticism & potential fines

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As the largest strike in recent history approaches its one month mark, Verizon’s 40,000 striking workers are benefitting from an outpouring of public support, while the company faces growing criticism and potential fines for its shoddy service.

Evidence continues to build that Verizon is unable to meet its responsibilities to consumers or the public in the face of the strike. The company could be fined after multiple complaints that replacement workers dumped polluted water that “appeared orange in color” in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Gretchen Schatshneider, district manager of the Bucks County Conservation District, believes the company may have violated the law:

Schatschneider said that because of the heavy rains of the past several weeks, any pollutants released to the environment are too dispersed for cleanup operations. She said her office believed Verizon was in violation of the law, because it did not continuously institute any best management practices at the site, such as using filtration equipment or transporting the pumped water offsite via a tanker truck.

CRN reports that Verizon “channel partners and the industry at large” are beginning to feel the effects of the strike. Since Verizon owns much of the telecommunications network infrastructure across the country that consumers, businesses and even competing service providers rely on for the delivery of voice and data services.

Consumer complaints about Verizon’s performance are only growing. Tom Sciortino, the owner of a body shop in Tonawanda, NY says that his business has suffered because the company has refused to make service appointmentsor provide adequate technical support:

"Very difficult to operate on Friday and Thursday," Sciortino said. "Most of our cars come in on the weekend and no one was able to get a hold of us on Thursday and Friday to make appointments. My bays have been pretty much empty."

On Twitter, dozens of consumers are echoing Sciortino’s frustration with Verizon’s inability maintain service. Here are just a few samples:

@shadowcatcherwb: @verizon Internet down since Thursday night & no fix until 5/11. Not a happy customer and CSR's are horrible. #verizonstrike

@heartandc: @VZWSupport another business with out service Verizon can't fix. End the strike!!! Stop the insanity!!!

@caro_matos: @verizon @VerizonSupport in what WORLD is that acceptable? Why were we of all people canceled on? I need Internet to do my job.

In the Wall Street Journal, a letter to the editor from a Virginia reader blasts the company for shifting its focus from the popular FiOS service to focus on “the internet of things.”

Meanwhile, supporters are rallying around Verizon workers and helping them continue the strike as long as it takes.

In Bethlehem, MA, the owners of FamilyWize Community Service Partnership are offering striking workers a discount on prescription drugs after Verizon stopped funding employee health plans.

In Massachusetts, Hamden County sheriff Michael Albano hammered his Verizon phone to pieces in solidarity with striking workers and then tweeted about it.

“The strike by union members against Verizon is a strike against corporate greed,” Albano says in the ad. “It’s a strike against a company that makes $1.8 billion a month in profits and now seeks to take away benefits from the very people that earned the company the profits.”

And actor Paul Bettany uses an interview with Verizon-owned AOL to give workers on the picket line a shout out.

On Mother’s Day, Family Values @ Work Executive Director Ellen Bravo wrote a powerful op-ed in the Morning Callabout the damage Verizon’s offshoring, outsourcing and relocation policies place on the company’s working moms:

Jennifer Masferrer, a single mom, works at a call center in Upper Macungie Township. Hers is one of the centers the company is threatening to close, and if it does, she'd have to take a job in Philadelphia, which would mean a round-trip drive of at least three hours. Finding child care for an eight-hour day plus a three-hour commute is hard enough for most parents — but for a single parent, it's virtually impossible. Added to that, one of Jennifer's three daughters, 10-year-old Maddie, has a host of special needs after surviving a drowning as a toddler.

Two videos about striking workers are being widely shared on Facebook. The first is a tribute to Verizon’s striking mothers, and the second about how Verizon’s elimination of good middle-class jobs has forced remaining workers to take excessive overtime to the tune of ’12 hours a day, 7 days a week.’

In El Diario, Make the Road New York Member Luis Gil says that the Verizon’s business practices have contributed to the state’s crisis of income inequality:

New York is one of the most prosperous states in our country, but is also one of the most unequal. One of the main reasons that large companies like Verizon do everything possible to maximize profits and take everything they can from workers.

Rhode Island blogger Andrew Stewart joins Verizon workers on the picket line. He includes plenty of photos of strikers still going strong, and notes their broad support from the Bernie Sanders campaign to community groups like Jobs with Justice.

 

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Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim AhmedVerizon employees carry signs that say "Fighting Corporate Greed at Verizon Wireless" outside of the Verizon store in Wareham Crossing.

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