Picketing continues outside local Verizon facility

August 16, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Striking Verizon workers picket outside the company's facility on Memorial Boulevard in Hagerstown on Tuesday. The strike began Aug. 8.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — Six Verizon employees were picketing Tuesday morning outside the company facility at 223 E. Memorial Blvd. in Hagerstown.

Joe Brant, an engineering assistant for Verizon, said striking workers would be picketing for as long as it took for them to get a fair contract.

Members of the Communications Workers of America Local 2105 have been protesting there since Aug. 8, joining employees picketing Verizon locations from Massachusetts to Virginia.

They plan to picket every Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There were approximately 55 picketers the first day, according to a previous story in The Herald-Mail.

Brant said he did not know why fewer people were picketing Tuesday, but he noted that many of them could be working other jobs during the strike.

The contract for 45,000 employees expired at midnight Aug. 2 after the company and the workers were unable to come to terms on issues including health care costs and pensions. The dispute does not affect the wireless division at Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier.

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