Bernie Sanders joins Verizon union staff' picket in NYC

Bernie Sanders joins Verizon union workers' picket in NYC

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders put his marketing campaign the place his mouth is on Monday when he spoke at a picket line with Verizon union staff in New York Metropolis. Communication Staff of America and the Worldwide Brotherhood of Electrical Staff organized the picket, which goals to bolster help for forty,000 Verizon staff nationwide as they proceed a months-lengthy contract battle with the communication big. In June, Verizon proposed a brand new union contract, however CWA takes problem with a few of its key factors, together with prompt pay will increase, the construction of pension advantages, well being care contributions, whether or not Verizon can contract out or offshore union jobs, and staff’ trip time. The union additionally criticizes Verizon for failing to implement its FiOS service in promised areas.

In August, Verizon Chief Administrative Officer Marc Reed stated the next in a press release obtained by FierceTelecom: “Staff are eligible to obtain as much as 5 weeks of paid trip time, not together with paid sick days and paid excused days. Whereas we’re prepared to think about all presents, union leaders got here again with counterproposals that might supply as much as 19 further days off, together with new holidays, worker birthdays, extra trip days and extra sick days. That type of proposal is unrealistic and out-of-contact in immediately’s market.”

Ed Mooney, vice chairman of CWA District 2-thirteen (representing Verizon staff from Pennsylvania to Virginia), equally stated in a press launch, “The corporate has barely moved off its preliminary June twenty second proposal that made outrageous calls for of Verizon staff. If this firm is critical about reaching an settlement, it wants to start out bargaining constructively and now.”

Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has been campaigning on a professional-union platform that is fiercely against company greed — and as The Huffington Submit factors out, it is shocking to see a presidential candidate take the time to hitch a picket line. The final time a presidential hopeful did so was Jesse Jackson in 1988, Sanders’ staff informed the location. Sanders has lengthy been tied to labor unions: Since 1989, 9 of his prime ten donation sources have been unions. Lately, in fact, he is made headlines for elevating hundreds of thousands via hundreds of small, one-time donations from supporters of his presidential bid.

.@BernieSanders displaying his help for @CWAUnion @CWADistrict1 staff #StandUp2vz #FeelTheBern #BringBackBianca

— Nick Hoh (@NicholasHoh) October 26, 2015

.@SenSanders: “we’re saying to company America: it’s a must to pay staff respectable wages & negotiate respectable contracts”

— CWA District 1 (@CWADistrict1) October 26, 2015

[Image credit: Nicholas Hoh/CWA]

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