By now you have likely heard about the almost 40,000 Verizon workers who are out on strike up and down the East Coast. They’re striking against corporate greed. Verizon wants to outsource jobs abroad instead of paying their workers here a fair share of the wealth they create with their own hands.
We want to focus on a small segment of Verizon workers, Verizon Wireless store workers, who are striking for the first time ever at six stores in Brooklyn, NY and one in Everett, MA. They’re still without a first contract, two years after they voted to join the Communications Workers of America. They make significantly less than their wireline counterparts and thus have less to fall back on during the strike – plus less experience and historical memory of the previous strikes. And they’ve received much less coverage in the media.
Anything that can be done to support them and strengthen their morale and resolve in this fight is huge, both for them as workers and for the entire struggle with Verizon, since the company would love nothing more than to prevent unions from getting a foothold in the Wireless side.
Contribute to the strike fund for Verizon Wireless workers set up by CWA members at AT&T Mobility.
As democratic socialists, we carry the values that all people, everywhere, should have the rights, recognition, and resources they need to thrive. In contrast to that vision, a non-union workplace is a unique location where we are told to accept that we are not entitled to the rights and privileges we normally enjoy as citizens, because free speech exists for bosses but not for workers, nor are we entitled to enjoy the full fruits of our labor, since our wages are less than the value of what we produce.
Through a collective voice, the union provides a powerful check to the almost total power of management. The union builds community by bringing together workers—who have few rights, who are isolated as individuals and who are often competing against each other—to fight back. And as Frederick Douglass once said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”
Stand in solidarity with the union workers at Verizon as they demand justice.
Click here to donate to the strike fund for workers and their families walking the picket line!
Together, let’s #StandUp2VZ!
DSA National Director
PS: In addition to financial support, here are some actions you can take.
1) Join workers on a picket line if you’re near one. Click here to find one.
2) Get some DSA members together and take a photo showing your solidarity with the strike to post on social media with the hashtag #StandUp2VZ. Make sure to email the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC me. Click here for a printable sign.
Bonus points: Wear DSA t-shirts or hold a DSA sign, and/or take the picture in front of a Verizon Wireless location.
3) Sign up for updates at the Stand Up to Verizon website and on their Facebook page.
That’s where you can find the latest updates on the strike from the union.
4) Sign the solidarity petition.