(Communication Workers of America)

Striking Verizon workers hit by company attorney driving a Porsche

The union claims at least three members were struck by Verizon management while on the picket line this week


Sophia Tesfaye
April 16, 2016 1:02AM (UTC)

According to one of the unions organizing Verizon workers out on strike this week, two Verizon employees were struck by the passing luxury sports car of one of the corporation's attorneys on Thursday.

In their newsletter to members, "Report from the Front Lines," the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reported that two striking union members of Local 2108 in Maryland "were hit by a Verizon management attorney driving his Porsche." A photo accompanying the union's report features an image of a black sports car as well as what appears to be a local police patrol vehicle and at least one man with signage in hand:

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"One member was not seriously hurt, but the second was taken to the hospital," the CWA reported. When reached for comment, the Gaithersburg police, where this incident reportedly occurred, declined to comment.

"We have found zero evidence supporting these claims," a Verizon spokesperson told teleSUR, denying the union's account."There have been no formal complaints filed and no arrest records."

Of course, 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job this week in America's biggest strike in nearly five years. Both Democratic candidates joined striking Verizon workers in New York earlier this week. The CWA has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders. The other union involved in the Verizon strike, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, allows its local chapters to make their own endorsements, the New York local endorsed Hillary Clinton this week.

The CWA's report also mentioned that another union member on the picket line, from Local 2108 in Silver Spring, Maryland, "was hit by a management vehicle."  The union gave the following statement to Salon:

CWA members would much rather be working, resolving customer issues and building out high speed broadband than being forced to strike to stop their jobs from being sent overseas and being forced to work away from home for up to four months.
This incident really says it all: Verizon management driving a Porsche hits workers on a picket line. I couldn't have made it up.

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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