Telcommunication workers struggles

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

By Jerry White, 29 August 2019

The raids occur on the eve of a contract battle by autoworkers who are equally hostile to the auto companies and the bribed UAW.

CWA shuts down strike of 22,000 AT&T workers across US South

By Samuel Davidson and Ed Hightower, 28 August 2019

The strikebreaking action by the CWA has given the telecom giant a free hand to impose sweeping concession demands on workers.

Breaking: CWA planning to shut down AT&T strike Wednesday, without any gains for workers

By Ed Hightower, 27 August 2019

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) bargaining unit for the Southeastern US intends to send striking AT&T workers back to work tomorrow morning, according to exclusive footage taken today by a WSWS correspondent.

AT&T strikers show their power, but face union-company gang-up

By Samuel Davidson and Patrick Martin, 27 August 2019

Even though the the 22,000 AT&T workers on strike in nine states throughout the South are determined to fight, the CWA union is doing everything possible to isolate and contain the struggle.

Australia: Telstra to destroy 10,000 contract jobs over two years

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 June 2019

The announcement of new sackings targeting contractors coincided with reports that Telstra has already eliminated many of the 9,500 permanent jobs it is seeking to destroy by 2022.

Union rejects strike action as locomotive maker Wabtec imposes two-tier contract

By Samuel Davidson, 26 February 2019

United Electrical workers union locals block strike action against concessions imposed on 1,700 workers at its locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania.

T-Mobile and Sprint agree to $146 billion mega-merger

By Gabriel Black, 2 May 2018

The companies have presented the merger as a critical geopolitical move in the fight against China’s development of 5G.

14,000 AT&T workers authorize strike as contract expirations loom

By Samuel Davidson, 14 April 2018

The over 90 percent vote to strike is part of a growing movement of the working class.

As strike by 1,400 US telecom workers enters third week

Frontier hires Pinkerton agents, obtains restraining order

By Zac Corrigan, 17 March 2018

The injunction is based on accusations made by hired Pinkerton agents of alleged "abuse" on the part of striking workers toward strikebreakers.

“It is time we all stood up”

AT&T workers call for broader fight as CWA ends weekend strike

By our reporting teams, 22 May 2017

AT&T workers are determined to recoup past concessions, handed to the world’s largest company by the Communications Workers of America.

CWA begins three-day strike at AT&T as US telecom workers press for real fight

By Mark Witkowski and Shannon Jones, 20 May 2017

While continuing the isolation of workers at Spectrum, the CWA has organized a token, three-day, strike against AT&T West and AT&T Mobility.

CWA forces 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers to stay on job as contract expires

By Mark Witkowski, 27 February 2017

Nearly two weeks after the contract expired the Communications Workers of America continues to force its members to work although it admits it “remains miles apart on all major issues.”

“The union signed away their rights”

Verizon strikers remain victimized 12 weeks after end of strike

By Shannon Jones, 19 August 2016

Since the Communications Workers of America sold out the seven-week Verizon strike in May, the union has said nothing about the fate of some two dozen workers victimized by management in the course of the walkout.

The financialization of the telecom industry and the Verizon strike

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2016

The concessions being demanded by the company reflect the insatiable drive by the banks and transnational corporations for ever-greater returns on investment.

Obama’s health care “reform” and the Verizon strike

By Tom Eley, 25 August 2011

In demanding deep cuts to workers’ health insurance, Verizon cited Obama’s imposition of taxes on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans.

“They are trying to make the worker an indentured servant to corporate America”

Verizon strikers speak out

By a WSWS reporting team, 12 August 2011

The walkout by 45,000 telecommunication workers against Verizon has entered its sixth day with the propaganda blitz by the company and media branding strikers as saboteurs and overpaid relics.

“The whole world needs to go on strike”

Verizon workers speak out as strike enters day five

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 August 2011

45,000 telecommunication worker enter the fifth day of their strike against Verizon, the nation’s second largest provider of telephone service and its largest wireless carrier.

The way forward for Verizon workers

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 11 August 2011

Five days into their strike, 45,000 Verizon workers face a determined drive by the corporation to impose massive concessions, slashing wages and benefits and moving to reduce workers to the status of casualized labor.

“We are fighting for our rights”

Verizon workers denounce demands for massive concessions

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 August 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers on picket lines throughout the Northeast United States, who denounced the demand by Verizon for sharp cuts in wages and benefits.

Mobilize the working class behind Verizon strikers!

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 August 2011

This statement will be distributed by supporters of the Socialist Equality Party to the 45,000 striking Verizon telecommunications workers in the Northeast United States.

43,000 strike telecommunications giant Verizon in Northeast US

By Samuel Davidson, 8 August 2011

Verizon is demanding massive concessions, including cuts to pensions, wages and health care and the ending of all job security provisions.

US telecom Verizon to cut 12,000 jobs this week

By Samuel Davidson, 2 July 2010

US telecommunications giant Verizon plans to slash thousands of jobs this Friday in one of the largest single job-cutting operations the company has carried out in years.

Verizon cuts 2,700 jobs the day after Thanksgiving

By Samuel Davidson, 25 November 2008

Verizon Telecommunications will cut 2,700 management employees the day after Thanksgiving in the third round of layoffs to hit the number-two US telecommunications provider this year. In addition, an undisclosed number of union-represented jobs were eliminated through an early retirement program.

Australian communications union faces membership decline

By Noel Holt, 20 February 1999

The Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, one of Australia's largest unions, is desperately attempting to stem the 35 percent fall in its membership that has occurred over the past eight years. The decline has escalated in recent years as the union has deepened its collaboration with Telstra--the semi-privatised national communications carrier--to eliminate 23,000 jobs and outsource increasing amounts of work to contractors.