Verizon 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.
Verizon Strike Postponed as Talks Continue
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"It puts more of a burden on New York — puts more of a burden on 49 other states."
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