As wireless workers build power in their industry, Verizon Wireless is showing that it’s terrified at the idea of workers joining together to have a voice in the workplace. A new report from The Guardian exposes Verizon’s union-busting tactics, including internal documents the company has been circulating to encourage anti-union rhetoric and disparage unions.
Workers at Verizon Wireless have recently gathered momentum in their organizing efforts, with store employees in Hazleton, Pa., overcoming an aggressive anti-union campaign to join CWA last July. In August, Brooklyn wireless workers successfully beat back a vicious decertification attempt from Verizon.
“Verizon Wireless continues to try to intimidate workers with its anti-union tactics,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1 and chair of CWA’s Wireless Workers United network. “But as we recently saw in Brooklyn and Hazleton, Pa., Verizon Wireless workers understand that joining together in a union gives them real power at work. Working people all over the country, like those at Verizon Wireless, are standing up for themselves and their communities, and CWA is proud to help them fight against corporate greed and for fairness in their workplaces.”