June 22, 2012
Can you hear me now?
More than a dozen demonstrators gathered at a Verizon Wireless storefront on Market Street today as part of a national day of action protesting executive raises as worker health care costs go up and wages are cut.
The day of action’s slogan is “Verizon is Verigreedy.”
The Communications Workers of America, which represents Verizon Communications workers, is currently in contract negotiations with Verizon Communications, a wing of the company that is separate from their wireless operation, and is demanding that Verizon continue to pay the full cost of their health care premiums, instead of giving executives raises.
“The only way to really achieve this goal is at the bargaining table,” said Ray McConville, manager of media relations for Verizon Corporate. The rally won’t impact the year-long negotiations, he said.
Demonstrators handed out informational leaflets highlighting the corporation’s recent profits, as well as a combined net salary of more than $349 million shared by five executives in 2011.
“We will never have economic recovery as long as companies like Verizon take disposable income out of the middle class,” said Libby Sayer, CWA district nine media representative.
Management at the Verizon store at 768 Market Street in San Francisco said they were unaware of the national day of action.
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