|This Friday evening, Oct. 21, together with Occupy Wall Street, Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers will march to protest Verizon corporate greed. Please join us.We will assemble at 140 West Street between 4 and 5 p.m., march east on Barclay Street and then down Broadway. We should arrive at Liberty Plaza around 5:30 p.m. and move on towards the Verizon Wireless store at about 6 p.m.
As you probably know, 45,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers have been on the front lines of the struggle against corporate greed. Their battle for a fair contract continues and bargaining is not going well.
Verizon is the 16th largest corporation in America, with one of the largest unionized workforces. In the past four years, Verizon made $22.5 billion in profits and paid its top five executives $258 million, and over the past two years the company reaped a $1.3 billion federal corporate income tax rebate—yet it wants to eliminate pensions, force workers to pay thousands of dollars more for health care, slash sick time and eliminate job security. The company’s bargaining stance is that no working person is entitled to decent wages with health care and retirement security, no matter how profitable the employer.
Occupy Wall Street has focused the world’s attention on the destructive power of corporate greed. Verizon is the poster child for that corporate greed. Together, we are demanding that the American economy start to work for the 99% again, not just make the top 1% even richer. Verizon workers are part of the 99%.
Please join us on Friday. We are the 99% and we are fighting back!