|ONE DC's Ally, DC Jobs with Justice, Scores a Verizon Victory By Lillian Walker Shelton|
|Monday, 12 November 2012 18:29|
On September 19th, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced it had reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new contract with telecommunications giant Verizon Communications. This agreement, if it becomes official, would preserve job security and retirement security for 34,000 workers. Some 11,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are covered under similar agreements.
At the same time, CWA announced a tentative agreement between Verizon Wireless and 70 technicians who maintain New York City cell sites. Throughout contract negotiations, DC Jobs with Justice, its coalition members, and community volunteers kept close watch and kept pressure on Verizon to make this deal.
Last year, DC Jobs with Justice and its allies picketed and leafleted alongside CWA local groups 2108 and 2336. Together, we ended the year singing Christmas carols in front of Verizon Wireless stores. DC Jobs with Justice even teamed up with the Puppet Underground organization, enacting dynamic street theater action in front of one of the Verizon Wireless stores.
At the beginning of this year, ONE DC joined with our allies to send delegations to wireless stores to deliver community support letters. We soon learned that the Verizon board member Clarence Otis was board member of a Darden restaurant. With this knowledge, we joined with Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) and coalition partners to deliver community support letters and actions in front of
The 2011-2012 Avodah fellows for DC joined us in a creative action, using puppets in front of Verizon board member Rodney Slater's office at Patton Boggs. We even got a glimpse of Mr. Slater when he was leaving the office. Our allies from the community organization Positive Force gave us the opportunity to have a table at a fundraising concert giving out information about the Verizon contract fight.
This was a tough and long battle for DC Jobs with Justice, but our coalition partners, community allies, and friends in the struggle continually encouraged and supported them and ONE DC. Thanks again for all of your support.