Verizon landline workers return to work
45,000 Verizon wireline workers, who previously walked out of the company, have all agreed to return to work Monday night onwards though without any contractual terms.
Verizon union decided a comeback after agreeing to settling all pending issues regarding payments and work regulations through further negotiations. Other issues regarding workers' health plans, retirement benefits and distinctive working rules will also be discussed after the workers resume work.
Anguished unions of Verizon workers had walked out of work on Aug 7. At the time of leaving, the workers demonstrated through protested signs for the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The talks between the company and its two unions continued which resulted in the comeback.
Verizon customer grievances
As per the reports, the strike temporarily affected Verizon customers.
For instance, Lydia Odunsi of Wingdale spent whole Friday without any telephone service. As soon as Verizon union team turned on strike, Odunsi’s wireline telephone knocked out, since second week of August. "They said they will not get to me until Sept. 3," she said.
As Odunsi’s digital subscriber line (DSL) was blacked out, she angrily uttered, "I cannot use my computer. My DSL is not working. My phone is not working. The only thing I have is a cellular phone,"
strike by 45,000 employees hit Verizon services
With an intention to address the grievances of angry customers, company spokesman, John Bonomo, commented on the issue. However, lowering customers’ expectations, Bonomo said without divulging into the details of the issue, he can’t comment on specific problems.
Adding to his clarification Bonomo said, the company never promised that with 45,000 wireline employees on strike, the company’s business and performance would all be the same, without being affected.
Specifically, service calls which demand a visit to the customer’s place definitely got halted, said Bonomo.
However, company’s call centre managed to handle 90 percent of the calls successfully and the company thus succeeded in solving about 45,000 customer queries remotely.