FBI looking into allegation by Verizon of sabotage

Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's central offices Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Philadelphia. Forty-five thousand Verizon Communications Inc. workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., went on strike Sunday after negotiations fizzled over a new labor contract for more than a fifth of the company's work force. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

August 11, 2011 6:22:29 PM PDT
Talks between Verizon and striking workers continue as the company enlists the FBI to look into alleged sabotage of some of its network facilities.

Spokesman Rich Young said Thursday the company has discovered more than 90 acts of sabotage since the strike began over the weekend. Young said wires have been cut, resulting in the loss of phones and Internet service for residences and businesses. The company, based in New York City, said a small town police department and a hospital have been affected.

FBI spokesman Bryan Travers said the bureau is looking into the allegations.

A workers' union spokeswoman said the union doesn't condone illegal action of any kind.

About 45,000 Verizon landline workers went on strike Sunday from Massachusetts to Virginia, fighting management demands for contract givebacks.