Call Comes After Feds Serve Verizon With a Labor Complaint For Attempting to Silence Brooklyn Workers
Workers are the First Retail Workers to Form a Union in Verizon Wireless & Are Seeking a Fair First Contract
New York, NY – Senator Chuck Schumer joined CWA in front of the wireless store where the unjustly-fired Bianca Cunningham worked and urged Verizon to re-hire her and settle its contract with the Communications Workers of America.
“I am proud to stand with members of the CWA as they work to build their union and settle a fair contract with Verizon. First, we’re joined today to tell Verizon to ‘Bring Back Bianca!’ Bianca Cunningham—a hardworking employee at Verizon Wireless– who was unjustly fired. Second, we’re urging Verizon to finally negotiate and settle a fair first contract so that its hardworking employees can live a better quality of life,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “Unions are ladder to the middle class for so many hard-working people. And when we have vibrant unions, like CWA, we have the opportunity to build contracts with fair wages and benefits that can strengthen and grow the middle class.”
“Verizon just announced $5.5 billion in profits in the fourth quarter of 2015 and pays its retail workers about 300 times less than the company CEO,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District One. “But management would rather intimidate its workers by firing their leader for standing up for her rights than settle a fair contract. It shouldn’t take Federal charges for Verizon to bring Bianca back and settle fair and just contracts.”
In November, the Federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorized the issuance of a federal complaint against Verizon for violating federal labor laws when it fired Bianca Cunningham in an attempt to silence Brooklyn Verizon Wireless workers.
The 65 newly-unionized Brooklyn workers are the first retail workers in all of Verizon Wireless to form a union. Management is also targeting other union activists.
Verizon Wireless workers are fighting for raises, better benefits and a voice on the job to improve working conditions and protect themselves against unfair metrics that drive commissions and management favoritism.