Those of you who live in the Northeast know that Verizon’s union employees went on strike last Sunday. I am not familiar with the details of the contract dispute, but will assume that both labor and management have valid points.
However, what we are seeing from some of those union employees is despicable. This from today’s Boston Globe:
[h]e was just trying to deliver their last round of paychecks when an angry group of striking Verizon workers surrounded his truck as he attempted to cross a picket line yesterday morning.
Holding signs and blowing air horns, they screamed profanities and insults. Then they blocked his vehicle and swarmed the windows.
‘You can deal with the name calling, you can deal with the picket lines, but it’s crazy when they’re an inch from your face screaming that they’re going to kill you and your family,’ said the Verizon manager, who refused to provide his name in fear of retaliation. [emphasis supplied]
If you would like to see the “fine” example set by supposed adults, click on the video from the above link.
These “adults” have also taken a hacksaw to copper wires cutting service to 1200 customers in Easton, Massachusetts, and destroyed fiber wires that provide telephone, internet and cable service to customers in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. In Quincy, Massachusetts, a customer who was just trying to get her phone repaired, was surprised to find a group of 10 or more picketers outside her home, surrounding a Verizon repair truck.
Yesterday, Verizon obtained a temporary restraining order against IBEW Locals 2222, 2321 and 2322, and is seeking a permanent injunction today. Verizon has also obtained court orders in Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and is awaiting an order from a New Jersey court.
Whatever the dispute, the union is not likely to receive a great deal of sympathy from the general public if this conduct continues. Nor, will they receive much support when they return to work (as they ultimately will) from those managers who they are trying to intimidate. One manager,
said he plans to have supervisors focus more intensely on the performance of [the more caustic] union members and look for a reason to terminate them. ‘I will make their life a living hell like they made mine’.
I don’t have a problem with peaceful union pickets at Verizon’s places of business. But when violence, intimidation, and destruction of other’s property is employed, it is a far different story.