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45K Verizon workers go on strike

Almost half the workers in Verizon Communications wirelinetelecommunications business went on strike yesterday as negotiations fora new labor contract failed.

Almost half the workers in Verizon Communications wireline telecommunications business went on strike yesterday as negotiations for a new labor contract failed.

The strike involves 45,000 workers. It’s the first walk-out that Verizon, one of the two big U.S. telephone network operators, has faced since 2000 — when about 80,000 workers went on strike for about three weeks.

Verizon and two unions -— The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — had been in talks since late June but were still far apart when their contract expired Saturday night.

The workers who went on strike are technicians and customer-support employees in the wireline unit, which provides traditional phone services to homes and businesses in the Northeast as well as high-speed Internet and FiOS television service.

 
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