If Benefit Agreement is Not Reached Verizon Union Workers May go on Strike

If Benefit Agreement is Not Reached Verizon Union Workers May go on StrikeIf Verizon cannot reach an agreement related to benefits with worker union negotiators by the end of Saturday, then the workers might go on a strike starting from Sunday.

The contract which covers 39,000 Verizon workers is due to expire on Saturday. The workers are represented by two unions. Communication Workers of America said last week that eighty six percent of the workers employed by the wireless carrier polled to go for a strike in case a new agreement could not be reached.

The workers range across nine states starting from Massachusetts to Virginia.Verizon provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service to its customers.

According to the unions, the telecom company is demanding the workers to increase their health care contributions considerably and also make concession on pensions.

The workers who may go on strike include a wide range of categories including clerical workers, technicians, operators, service reps and testers. These workers

Spokesman for Boston's International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222, Paul Feeney said, "It is inconceivable that Verizon would have a qualified and well-trained workforce capable of making those repairs in a timely manner should there be a work stoppage."