Verizon Strike Over; Employees Back to Work Monday

Bargaining will resume with union employees at work.

By Katie Honan
|  Saturday, Aug 20, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM EDT
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Verizon Communications announced Saturday that the two-week strike of union-represented wire line employees is over.

The company said in a statement that the workers will return to work Monday night, and will be working under the terms of the contract that expired on Aug. 6. 
 
"We agreed to end the strike because we believe that is in the best interest of our customers and our employees," said Marc Reed, the company's executive vice president of human resources.
 
The Communications Workers of America, one of two unions who represented striking workers, updated their website to say that an "agreement on bargaining" was reached.
 
Verizon also said that, with union-represented employees back at work, they plan to "quickly address any backlog in repairs and unfulfilled requests for service."
 
Rich Young, a spokesman for Verizon, said the groups "made progress on some issues," and will be continuing to negotiate with the unions for an updated contract.
 
"We continue to negotiate seriously on the issues affecting the long-term success of our wire line business, including benefits cost structure, work flexibility, and job security," he told NBC New York.
 
 
 
 

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