Verizon corporation sabotages California firefighting

This 9 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

CNN’s Stephanie Elam reports from Lake Elsinore, California, where wildfires continue to threaten around 17,000 homes and buildings.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Internet company throttles service as firefighters tackle wildfires

INTERNET provider Verizon has been accused of putting lives at risk by “throttling” a California fire department’s service as it fought deadly wildfires earlier this month.

Despite being advised of the impact of interfering with emergency communications in the midst of a crisis, the company demanded that the fire department upgrade its service package before it would restore capacity.

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden warned the throttling “had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services” as firefighters tried to deal with wildfires that had spread across one million acres of land.

This includes the Mendocino Complex Fire — the largest single blaze in state history, which started on July 27 and is still yet to be fully contained.

As firefighters battled the blazes, Verizon allegedly confirmed it had limited the fire department’s internet service, telling County Fire it would only be restored if it switched to a more expensive plan and contacted the billing department.

Fire personnel were forced to use other departments’ services and their own personal devices until the additional charges were paid.

Mr Bowden’s statement is being used as evidence in a lawsuit filed by a number of government agencies in a bid to overturn the recent repeal of net neutrality legislation which gives internet providers the power “to block websites, throttle services and censor online content.”

He explained the fire department is on an “unlimited” data package and uses the service as a command and control resource, tracking and deploying fire engines to areas of high priority.

Mr Bowden accused Verizon of taking advantage of the situation to force the fire service to move onto a new, more expensive plan.

See also here. And here.

British Columbia is on fire. In this Canadian province, 56 wildfires ‘of note’ are active and continuing to blow smoke into the skies overhead: here.

United States Verizon strike and Britain

This video from the USA says about itself:

Verizon Strike: Day One

14 April 2016

It was an incredible first day. A huge thank you to everyone who came out on picket lines to support our fight!

We will stand together. We will win.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

CWU Conference: Verizon‘s bid to crush US workers is a warning

Wednesday 27th April 2016

WHEN Charlie Cerrato joined US telecoms giant Verizon two decades ago, the company was a closed shop.

Strong unions meant good pay and conditions for he and his colleagues and he became vice-chair of his Communication Workers of America local (branch) in Essex, New Jersey.

Now, the company is facing a strike of up to 80,000 workers as it seeks to slash pensions and benefits and tighten conditions.

And Charlie, who left Verizon in 2007 and now works for Sky in London and our own Essex, says workers in Britain should be worried too.

Verizon is so determined to bust the union that they have sold off labour-intensive infrastructure in a bid to reduce the workforce.

“They’ve broken their promises [to city authorities and customers] because they don’t want labour to be doing the work,” he says. He suggests Verizon rolled out new fibre-optic cables “in all the wealthy areas and then stopped when all the wealthy areas were done.”

And to pre-empt the current strikes, which have seen 40,000 workers on the US east coast down tools so far but could soon affect twice that number, they brought in a prepared posse of scab labour. “People’s lives are in danger — these temporary workers are holding up high-voltage cables with their hands,” Charlie says.

On Monday the conference of our communications union CWU passed a motion expressing solidarity with the US workers and agreeing to publicise the issue among workers in Britain.

Verizon is the largest tele­coms firm in the US and its executives take pay packages in the tens of millions.

Charlie fears that both its British division and its rivals will take inspiration if the firm is successful in crushing the union in this dispute. One issue over there is Verizon’s attempt to expand an existing practice of transferring workers across the country “at a whim.” Telecoms workers here are reporting increasing use of such practices.

“All these telecommunications companies are multinationals,” CWU Greater London combined branch official Maria Exall says.

“The way [Verizon] management have dealt with skilled workers is a warning sign for where we are in the CWU.”

On Monday afternoon, a van carrying strikebreakers hit a Verizon worker picketing in front of City View Inn on Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City, a neighborhood in New York City’s borough of Queens. Emergency Medical Technicians arrived at the scene and took the striker to a hospital. As of this writing, the worker’s condition is unknown: here.

Verizon, other United States workers fight for their rights

This video from New York City in the USA says about itself:

Striking Verizon Workers Block Midtown Manhattan

19 April 2016

Tatiana Hill, Verizon Wireless Sales Representative, says Wireless workers are fighting for basic job protections in their first ever contract negotiations.

With the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers reaching its one-week mark today, tensions are rising over the intransigence of the telecom company, which is demanding sweeping health and pension concessions, the further outsourcing of jobs and the power to transfer existing workers long distances for weeks or months at time in order to cut labor costs: here.

Top executives at Verizon are remaining intransigent in their demands for sweeping health care, pension, wage and other concessions as the strike by 39,000 telecom workers in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic US states entered its second week Thursday. After negotiations went nowhere earlier in the week, the company ramped up its provocations against workers, accusing strikers of “sabotage” and demanding the arrest of workers allegedly engaged in “criminal acts”: here.

This video from Maryland in the USA says about itself:

Baltimore Coalition Fights for $15 Dollar Minimum Wage

19 April 2016

On the eve of the anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, a coalition of community organizations and unions say they want a living wage in Baltimore.

Verizon striking workers in Pittsburgh, USA interviewed

This video from the USA says about itself:

Striking Verizon workers speak out

14 April 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 39,000 Verizon workers went on strike against the telecom giant on the East coast of the United States. Workers are fighting against stagnating wages, attacks on health care and pensions, and intolerable and dangerous working conditions.

WSWS reporters spoke to striking workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In an article titled “Workers Welcome Wage Gains, But Companies Feel Squeeze,” the voice of corporate America, the Wall Street Journal, warns that workers’ demands for increased wages are threatening to bring the stock market bonanza to an end: here.

Verizon workers on strike in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Stands With Striking Verizon Workers

13 April 2016

Bernie Sanders has once again joined striking workers on the picket lines. This time he’s joined 40,000K Verizon employees in their fight for fair wages and benefits. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“The influential New York transit workers union endorsed Bernie Sanders for president on Wednesday.

In an almost unanimous vote, Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents 42,000 workers, threw its weight behind the Vermont senator.

Later on the same day, Sanders spoke in support of Verizon workers on strike.

The Working Families Party posted to Facebook a video of Sanders’ speech at the picket line (which begins at around 22:00).

“We’re fighting a vicious corporation, but we’ve got a champion that’s fighting for us,” a strike leader said, introducing the presidential candidate. “Let’s hear it for Bernie Sanders!”

The crowd chanted “Bernie, Bernie!” as the self-described democratic socialist stood up on the podium.”

Read more here.

From Congressman Alan Grayson in the USA:

STRIKE – 40,000 Verizon workers went out on strike today. It’s the biggest strike in years. I salute their courage, and I support their effort to protect themselves against greedy management take-backs.

My parents, New York City schoolteachers, went out on strike frequently when I was growing up. There were two long strikes, one when I was ten and one when I was seventeen.

I was a sick child. I went to the hospital four times a week for treatment. During that long strike when I was ten years old, I didn’t know whether those treatments would continue. I didn’t know whether I would stay healthy, or fall terribly ill.

That’s a hard, hard thing for a ten-year-old to think about.

Now you know why universal healthcare is so important to me. …

The union paid for my health coverage when my parents were out on strike. That’s one reason why I’m alive to tell you this story today, forty years later.

Most of those teachers’ strikes were not about pay, but about educational standards. Our so-called political leaders wanted to boost the class size to 35. The teachers fought back the only way that they could – they walked out. Not to protect themselves, but to protect their students.

My mother felt so bad about her students missing school that she received special permission, from the union, to teach her students for free at a community center during the strike.

She and my dad and the other teachers stood together, they fought back, and they won. And a generation of public school students benefited from that. I am one of them.

If you left it up to the bosses, then every employee would be an unpaid intern. Or you would have to pay them for the privilege of working – they’d call it a “training fee,” or something like that. Most business owners couldn’t care less about creating good jobs with good pay – employees are a cost, and they work like hell to minimize that cost, in order to maximize their profit. Which is why Donald Trump loves to say “You’re Fired!” And why employees have to organize, organize, organize.

When I see my union brothers and sisters at Verizon go out on strike, I recognize how hard it will be for them and their families. It sure was for me. It takes bravery and determination to join together, lay your jobs on the line, and fight-fight-fight for better lives.

Verizon workers, I applaud you.

How many other public figures would have the guts to side with striking workers? How many other public figures even support the right to organize? This one does – and this one deserves your contribution of $10 today >>


Rep. Alan Grayson

US Verizon workers fight on

This video from the USA says about itself:

Juan Gonzalez: Verizon Workers’ Strike “Most Important Labor Battle Going on Today”

Two striking Verizon workers could face 18 months in jail: here.

Update 22 August 2011: here. And here.

Verizon Wants the “Freedom” to Edit Your Internet. Simon Maloy, Media Matters: “Last week, Verizon filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit laying out their various and sundry complaints against the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, which put net neutrality regulations in place for Internet service providers. The telecom giant is suing to have the FCC’s order thrown out, and one of their legal arguments is raising more than a few eyebrows. Verizon, per the court document, considers itself your Internet editor”: here.

US Verizon workers strike on

This video from the USA is called Verizon Strike Rap at rally New York City.

An examination of the injunctions leveled against the Verizon strikers show that they undermine core democratic rights of the workers. They go far beyond addressing the unsubstantiated charges of “sabotage” that the company, abetted by the media, has leveled in order to justify its strike-breaking operations: here.

A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and supporters protested the approval of a contract between the New York City Department of Education and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools: here.

Verizon workers keep striking

This video from the USA says about itself:

On August 7, 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike against $1 billion a year in wage and benefit concessions demanded by the company. In this video, filmed as the strike entered its second week, Verizon workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania explain why they are fighting.

Verizon workers keep fighting

This video from the USA is called CWA Spokesperson Robert Master & Verizon Employee Pamela Galpern Discuss the Verizon Strike.

As the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers in the US enters its second week, the government is aggressively intervening on the side of the company to strangle the resistance of the workers to sweeping concessions demands: here.

Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes: “The strike covers 45,000 members of the Communications Workers and Electrical Workers (IBEW) from Massachusetts to Virginia. Verizon wants to eliminate pensions, as well as limit raises and force big health care costs onto current workers and retirees. The concessions would take $1 billion from workers, at a company which made almost $20 billion during the last four years”: here.

Verizon strikers honor Gerry Horgan, killed at a picket in 1989: here.

Verizon workers denounce company charges of “sabotage”: here.

Verizon Punishes Striking Workers By Canceling Benefits: here.

Economic crisis, danger for democracy

As stock markets plummet worldwide, the media increasingly repeat the call for strong government: here.

US stocks soared in the final hour of trading Tuesday after the Federal Reserve Board pledged to keep its benchmark interest rate at its current level of zero to 0.25 percent at least until mid-2013: here.

Ellen Brown, Truthout: “On Thursday, August 4, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 512 points, the biggest stock market drop since the collapse of September 2008. Why? Weren’t the markets supposed to rebound after the debt ceiling agreement was reached on Monday, avoiding US default and a downgrade of US debt? So we were told, but the market apparently understands what politicians don’t: the debt deal is a death deal for the economy. Reducing government spending by $2.2 trillion over a decade, as Congress just agreed to do, will kill any hopes of economic recovery. We’re looking at a double-dip recession. The figure is actually more than $2.2 trillion”: here.

This video from the USA is called Detroit area workers, retireees speak out on social spending cuts.

US black workers ‘disproportionately hurt by cuts’: here.

Some 30,000 Michigan college students have been removed from the state’s food stamp program: here.

Notes on the social crisis in America: here.

While Many Americans Struggle to Pay for Food, the Rich Are Back Buying $2495 Pairs of Boots: here.

US Spends Six Times More on Defense Than China, Iran and North Korea Combined: here.

USA: The walkout by 45,000 telecommunication workers against Verizon is entering its fourth day after “informal” talks between the company and unions produced no results Monday: here.

The Verizon strike is one of the labor movement’s biggest battles in many years: here. \

Verizon’s Workers Strike Back at Corporate Greed – You Can Join Them: here.

Telecoms firm Verizon launched legal action in New York on Wednesday in a bid to prevent strikers from picketing facilities: here.

Greece’s main civil servants’ union announced today that it will file lawsuits against the nominally Socialist government over its €50 billion (£44bn) privatisation programme: here.