Verizon agrees to bargain; workers back at work on Tuesday

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today announced that striking workers would return to work on Tuesday because Verizon has agreed to bargain seriously on a new contract that replaces the one that expired on August 7. The unions said that worker unity and public support were key factors in getting Verizon to change its stance.

Here is the public statement released by the CWA and IBEW on this new development.

For release 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will  return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in  force for an indefinite period.

We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. The major issues  remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and  narrowed.

We appreciate the unity of our members and the support of so many in the greater community. Now we will focus on bargaining fairly and moving  forward.

CWA and IBEW represent 45,000 workers at Verizon covered by  this contract from Virginia to New England.

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