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Latest Labor Items
Thousands of Verizon landline workers took to picket lines Monday from Massachusetts to Virginia, fighting management demands for contract givebacks and disputing that their work is unprofitable.
Labor and management representatives say Verizon Communication Inc. negotiators are meeting in New York.
The national news media's incomprehensible cheerleading aside, what the July numbers painted was a jobs picture where thousands of discouraged workers are dropping out of the work force because it is getting harder than ever to find a job in President Obama's America.
Thousands of striking workers in Verizon Communication Inc.'s land-line division joined picket lines and rallies Monday at company offices from Massachusetts to Virginia, a union official said.
Some 45,000 unionized Verizon Communications Inc. workers from Massachusetts to the District of Columbia went on strike Sunday after negotiations with the telecommunications company over a new labor contract fizzled.
Job gains unexpectedly accelerated last month to 117,000, and the unemployment rate declined to 9.1 percent — news that eased recession worries in troubled financial markets.
Hiring picked up slightly in the U.S. in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
Verizon Communications Inc., the region's top telephone service provider, is facing a 12:01 a.m. Sunday strike deadline, at which time 45,000 union employees in nine states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C., may walk off their jobs.
Verizon Communications Inc., the region's top telephone service provider, is facing a 12:01 a.m. Sunday strike deadline, at which time 45,000 union employees in nine states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District, may walk off their jobs.