2008_07_verizonlogo.jpgVerizon and the unions representing 65,000 workers are trying to avert a strike, as they have continued contract discussions, even though the contract ended at 12:01 a.m. yesterday. The Communications Workers union, representing 50,000 workers, said there was "progress" on issues like health coverage and job security provisions, but added, "Significant additional bargaining still lies ahead before a settlement is possible." Verizon is probably eager to settle things, given that it now has the green light to offer cable TV to NYers.