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Nearly 1,000 March In Buffalo As CWA/IBEW-Verizon Strike Reaches 25th Day

May 11, 2016 
WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY – Nearly 1,000 Western New York Unionists rallied and marched 2.5 miles Saturday (May 7th) through Downtown Buffalo in support of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) as their Strike against Verizon reached its 25th day.

  But the action, similar to numerous others held by Striking Verizon Workers across the U.S. over the weekend, is becoming much greater than anyone could have imagined when it started – a growing National Solidarity of Union and Non-Union Workers who are coming together “to stand up to corporate greed.” 

Buffalo, NY – Nearly 1,000 Western New York Unionists rallied and marched 2.5 miles Saturday (May 7th) through Downtown Buffalo in support of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) as their Strike against Verizon reached its 25th day.  But the action, similar to numerous others held by Striking Verizon Workers across the U.S. over the weekend, is becoming much greater than anyone could have imagined when it started – a growing National Solidarity of Union and Non-Union Workers who are coming together “to stand up to corporate greed.”

CWA Local 1122 President James Wagner (pictured below) addressed the crowd with the use of a bullhorn where the march ended outside a Verizon facility on Elmwood Avenue – as a Verizon management representative peered out of a window just above him (pictured below): “Workers’ Rights are ‘under constant attack’ from corporate interests.  Together the Working Class ‘must unite’ – ‘all’ Workers – Union and Non-Union, Public and Private Sector – ‘together.’”

“We stand here together to ‘serve notice’ to Verizon and ‘others like them’ that – ‘collectively,’ we will ‘endure whatever sacrifice and hardship comes our way’ in order to ‘advance’ Workers’ Rights in order to ‘achieve true social and economic justice’ for the Working Class.  Together, ‘Solidarity Wins!,’” said Wagner, which drew a roar of applause from the crowd that shut down a full block of Elmwood Avenue which had been cordoned off by Buffalo Police, who escorted the marchers from Verizon’s Franklin Street Headquarters where the event initially started.

In response to Wagner’s comments, someone in the crowd with a leather lung yelled out for all to hear: “Arm the peasants!” 

After 10 months of talks on a new contract failed to produce a new agreement, Verizon’s 39,000 CWA (which represents 29,000 Workers) and IBEW (which represents 10,000) represented Employees walked off the job on April 13th.  There are between 700 and 800 Unionized Verizon Workers employed here in Western New York. No negotiations have been scheduled, Wagner tells WNYLaborToday.com, but “that could change,” he added. To read more click on the following link

May 10, 2016

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