Jewish Labor Committee Supports Verizon Workers
April 15, 2016: New York, NY – Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Jewish Labor Committee, just issued the following statement:
The Jewish Labor Committee stands with the 36,000 Verizon workers – members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – who are on strike across the country after months of working without a contract. Despite earning $39 billion over the last three years and $1.8 billion in profits each month this year, Verizon is proposing to contract out more customer service and sales calls to centers in lower-cost places, and insist that technicians leave their families for two or more months at a time.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year alone. That’s more than 200 times what the average Verizon worker makes. At a time when the middle class is being gutted, Verizon refuses to negotiate in good faith to ensure that its workers can preserve their good jobs. These workers deserve better.