Verizon workers in nine states have voted to go on strike, if necessary, in a dispute about a new contract.
At a rally in New York Saturday, the Communications Workers of America union announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers who voted in a recent poll backed strike action if required. A contract that covers 39,000 workers represented by the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers expires at midnight on August 1.
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The contract covers employees the nine states from Massachusetts to Virginia who work for Verizon's wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS internet service.
Verizon spokesman Rich Young said that the company had made the unions "a solid proposal that recognizes the changing communications landscape and offers a path toward success."