NEW YORK - A strike among wireline workers at Verizon Communications has resulted in a backlog of installation orders and provisioning requests. On Wednesday, April 13th nearly 40,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked out on their Verizon jobs in protest of stalled contract negotiations. Sticking points for the unions seem to include issues such as healthcare, temporary job relocations, pensions and offshoring call center jobs.
While the company conceded that there was a "bit of a delay" in fulfilling orders, the company claims to have brought in a temporary non-union workforce of approximately 20,000 personnel to help ease the backlog and hopes to resume installations within the next week.
The strike currently affects Verizon customers in the East Coast states of New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. It does not affect the company's wireless operations. As of the moment talks seem to be at an impasse and there are no upcoming talks between the carrier and unions scheduled.