Unions score “major wins” in a “huge victory for all workers” proving “strikes still work”

For 45 days, Verizon workers stood strong and united, and as a result of their determined fight, defeated the company’s major giveback demands, won impressive gains, and awakened the general public to the impact that worker power still holds. Staying focused on core issues like outsourcing and job transfers, the strike captured national attention, overcame cynical views about the union’s prospects, and now reporters and pundits are speculating about a resurgence of the labor movement in America.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced that CWA, IBEW and Verizon have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon: Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving … Continued

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers

The parties involved in the Verizon labor dispute, including the senior leadership of the unions and the company and their bargaining teams, met today in Washington with Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Allison Beck, an experienced federal mediator who the parties agreed today would assist in the ongoing contract negotiations.

DOL Secretary Statement on Strike, More Scrutiny of Verizon Off-shoring and Replacement Workers

With the largest strike in recent history now in its second month, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has intervened to convene negotiations between CWA, IBEW and Verizon’s CEO. Meanwhile, the dangerous conduct of Verizon’s temporary replacement workers and its secretive off-shoring activities in the Philippines are receiving more scrutiny.