Negotiations under way in NY in Verizon strike

August 8, 2011 5:58:42 PM PDT
Labor and management representatives say Verizon Communication Inc. negotiators are meeting in New York.

Candice Johnson of the Communication Workers of America and Verizon's Richard Young had no immediate word on progress toward settling a strike that was in its second day Monday.

Thousands of Verizon landline workers took to picket lines Monday from Massachusetts to Virginia. They are resisting management proposals that would freeze the workers' pensions and have them contribute to health care premiums.

Verizon also says there were at least 12 acts of sabotage against the company, including fiber-optic lines being cut. It says the damage affected phone, Internet and TV service in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

Johnson says alleging sabotage is a management tactic.

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