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Verizon's "Wireless" Conflict

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Nick, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Rich

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    Kinda hard to get past that idea that union members should never cross a picket line of another union, isn't it?

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  2. Drucifer

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    For UPS, the CWA allowed the deliver person to use the rear entrance.

    Today, picket lines are mostly for show. And not to totally blockade the site. But that doesn't stop the non-thinking types on both sides.
     
  3. Rich

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    I used to hate the thought of strikes, from both sides. I disliked picketing and I was always used as an electrician when I was in management. And I was expected to sleep on-site for the duration. Once we were out for over 70 days and went back for one cent an hour more. Damn near wrecked my life. Took years to recover from that one.

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  4. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    No picket line, the guy felt that his union was greater than mine and my coworker's and didn't realize he was taking his employment into his hands threatening the employee of the company he was contracted by.
     
  5. Drucifer

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    The worst return from a strike for me was to find the test center I worked in sterilized. The company went so far, they even remove the drapes and shades from the windows. Of course this meant looking at our computer screens was a near impossible achievement.

    They also broke into our lockers and desks in order to remove all personal items. This included our phone books that contain our work contact numbers.

    The work environment at the phone company was never the same after that strike. The stress factor increase significantly. Within a year, I had my first heart attack. Follow soon after by my first triple by-pass. Did a repeat performance within four years. The job was now killing me. Wasn't going to try for strike three - so I retired.

    So the effects of strikes, don't always end when the strike is over.
     
  6. Rich

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    A contractor? That's strange, we always had to dump all the contractors when we went on strike.

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  7. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    I don't work for vz, I work for the state at a college. We're not on strike.
     
  8. Rich

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    OK, still kinda confused. Normal for me....:nono2:

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  9. Nick

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    Verizon workers' two-week strike has ended, and tens of thousands of workers will return to work Tuesday, The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said Saturday.

    In a statement, the two unions said negotiations over contract givebacks will continue.

    http://link.email.washingtonpost.com/r/SFBD1U/NSLBUB/0GDKYR/7UP40J/F21AG/50/h

    For more information, visit washingtonpost.com
     
  10. Rich

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    That's good. Strikes don't benefit anyone, I think.

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  11. Nick

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    I wonder who caved.
     
  12. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    We have a new building going up. A sub-subcontractor in one union took far more offense than necessary for someone cracking a door open while he was taking a break and harassed a female coworker of mine and threatened the lot of us.

    I stepped in, he continued harassing me, insinuated that I didn't look like I was in a union (which I am, CWA 1031, State of NJ Higher Ed Employees) and then demanded my union card.

    I herded my crew up the elevator and called the boss, my boss called the site foreman, and said sub-subcontractor continued the harassment when the site foreman asked him what the situation was, including yelling and ranting at the site foreman.

    The guy didn't realize that when he was screaming at me and threatening to kick my ass he was screaming at an employee of the place that signs his paycheck.
     
  13. Drucifer

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    Too fast for the Union.
     
  14. Rich

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    I used to be in charge of all the contractors on our site. That guy and his company would have been escorted off the property and would not have been allowed on any of our sites world wide. Gotta admit, I enjoyed that power. All our contractors were trained by me in our practices and procedures and were aware of the consequences if they didn't follow them.

    Every company or employer who uses contractors ought to have a person who has the power to immediately put a stop to the sort of thing that happened to you.

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    Probably. In these times of economic hardship the strike must have been a burden on the families of the strikers. Must have been a lot of pressure exerted by those families and the strikers on their negotiators. Nothing stopping them from going out again. We'll probably never know who blinked.

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  16. Drucifer

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    There is no new contract. Only an agreement for workers to return while bargaining continue.

    So far 80+ members have been suspended for unlawful strike activities. Been there, so this could be for just yelling too loud while on the picket line.
     
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    Like to add, you can expect the workers to now do the job by the book (AKA Bell System Practices), which would look like a slowdown to the unknowing.

    This would be a good time to call in any mild line trouble. A good repairperson would now probably do all the required tests that were pass over during installation.
     
  18. RasputinAXP

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    He was escorted from the premises. The rest of his crew was not, and they proceeded to vandalize our telecom closets; they're now pressing charges because it's state property...it's a mess.
     
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    I would have gotten rid of the whole crew. I had many problems with roofing contractors who refused to tie the workers off and wear proper fall protection equipment and many times I got rid of the whole crew. And I warned them that I would do just that in advance.

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  20. Nick

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    Well, looks like the striking CWA/IBEW workers are going back to work tonight without benefit of a new contract.
     

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