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Contract dispute seems to be leading to worker strike

It is not uncommon for  California workers and employers to negotiate issues regarding compensation, benefits and other employment issues. Many times, a contract dispute is easily resolved in an amicable fashion, allowing business production to continue without impediment. Other situations are more complicated, leading to threats of a strike if the demands of workers are not met.

Such seems to be the case between at least 40,000 employees and Verizon. Apparently, negotiations have been going on for more than 10 months without obtaining a resolution. Workers say they are tired of waiting and are planning to strike if their demands are not met by 6 a.m. on an upcoming Wednesday.

Those advocating the workers' position say that although Verizon has profited more than $30 billion in the past several years, the company has not done what is necessary to protect job security. Employers are also accused of refusing to improve wages and working conditions. Workers are  not satisfied with company plans to subcontract much of the work, freeze pensions after a certain amount of years in service and possibly require some to work away from home for extended periods of time.

It has also been reported that a top Verizon executive makes more than 200 times that of an average employee in the company. Spokespersons for the workers say that the decision to strike was not made lightly. They have further stated that they have done everything in their power to negotiate a fair and just contract with the company.

Such situations can have a long-lasting effect on workers, families and entire communities when the stakes are high and a prominent business is involved. If California workers are currently facing a contract dispute, they may seek legal assistance by contacting a business and commercial law attorney for guidance. Many attorneys are highly skilled negotiators and can help workers protect their best interests while obtaining a fair and favorable resolution to a contract problem.

Source:, "40,000 Verizon Workers Plan To Strike Wednesday In Contract Dispute", Christian Winthrop, April 12, 2016

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