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(Submitted by Communications Workers of America and
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, its affiliates and its Port Maritime Councils strongly support the efforts of tens of thousands of workers employed by Verizon and Verizon Wireless from New England to Virginia to secure justice and preserve their middle-class way of life by gaining a new contract.

Members of the MTD-affiliated Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers returned to work in August following a two-week strike under the terms of the previous contract and resumed negotiations which are still in progress.

While the unions have been willing to make reasonable compromises, the telecommunications giant, which had $108 billion in sales last year and $10 billion in profits, is looking for drastic concessions.

As negotiators continue to work on gaining a fair contract, the unions’ supporters have shown their solidarity across the country through leafleting outside Verizon Wireless stores and sponsored venues to call attention to the fight for good American jobs.

The MTD, its affiliates and its Port Maritime Councils reaffirm our pledge of solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Verizon. We will continue to do what we can in your fight for workplace justice.