Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIN: NLRB authorizes issuance of complaints against Verizon

By Doug Cunnningham

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has authorized the issuance of complaints against Verizon for the firing of 58 workers after a two-week strike at Verizon last August by the Communications Workers Of America. (CWA).

CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins says it’s “tremendous news for workers who have faced harsh discipline, even firing, from Verizon that was completely unwarranted.”

Collins says the CWA struggle with Verizon has been about economic justice from the beginning. Some 45,000 CWA and IBEW members spent two weeks on the picket lines last year to force the company to bargain fairly.

This NLRB action is the first step in a process to settle the cases. CWA’s Region 2 will now seek to negotiate with Verizon to settle the cases.

Verizon has a notorious reputation for anti-union practices. Rightardia hopes the CWA prevails. 

Union justice would be impossible with a Republican president because the NLRB becomes a "do nothing" agency when a GOP president is elected.

source: Workers Independent News

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