After a month on the picket line, striking Verizon workers say they feel no closer to returning to their jobs.
Elizabeth Mercado told NBC 4 New York on Friday that she and other workers are collecting strike pay from the union, but the company cut off their health care benefits this month.
The Communications Workers of America, representing nearly 40,000 workers, accuses the company of outsourcing jobs and cutting benefits.
A Verizon spokesman responded that the union has put workers in a difficult financial position by failing to consider what the company insists is a good contract that offers higher wages and benefits.
No new contract talks are scheduled.