Wednesday, May 14, 2014
In Historic Vote, Verizon Wireless Retail Store Workers in Brooklyn Join our Local. Victory for CWA at Largely Non-Union Company Comes Despite Intense Management Pressure!
New York - In a historic victory today, 63 retail store workers at six Verizon Wireless stores in Brooklyn, N.Y., voted for a union voice and representation by the Communications Workers of America. This vote represents huge victory for these workers and for thousands more across Verizon Wireless who want representation to address their issues on the job. For more than a decade, Verizon has done everything possible to prevent Wireless workers from joining 40,000 Verizon Communications workers and 80 Verizon Wireless technicians who have union representation.
Today's vote begins to break down that barrier and ensures representation to these retail stores workers. They also join more than 40,000 workers at AT&T Mobility who have organized without fear at their company for nearly two decades. Bianca Cunningham, who works at the Bensonhurst store, said, "We walked in the footsteps of our brothers and sisters who fought before us. We banded together in the face of adversity and combatted fear with hope. We look forward to Verizon Wireless workers stepping out of the shadows and joining the 40,000 strong in CWA who work at Verizon to continue to fight for the middle class. "
The National Labor Relations Board determined that the six stores - seven until Verizon Wireless management closed one - were an appropriate election unit. VZW executives kept up an intense campaign against workers who want a union to address their job insecurity, declining wages and discipline for unreasonable/unfair sales metrics. Some workers were dragged into one-on-one captive meetings with management as often as three times a day. The number of corporate executives camping out in the six stores was a "who's who" of top company management. Even VZW's Chief Operations Officer made an appearance.
The VZW workers received support from hundreds of CWA members, including AT&T Mobility retail workers in New York -- check out their video: http://youtu.be/4UNBpIT182I
Verizon Wireless techs and Verizon members who told the VZW store workers, "there's 40,000 of us and we have your back." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT0ke3NdV7s