As the 40,000 Verizon workers walked of their job today in protest of the company’s greed, I bet none of them expected support quite like this. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined the picket line and gave a very passionate speech that drew cheers from the crowd.
Today you are standing up not just for justice for Verizon workers, you’re standing up for millions of Americans … and you’re telling corporate America that they cannot have it all.
Today’s protest marks the largest U.S. employee strike since 2011. At 6:00 a.m., Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) gathered in midtown Manhattan as they went on strike. The protest also included 20 other locations stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia. According to workers, their contracts expired in August and have yet to negotiate satisfactory terms with management. The problem? If you ask David Doran, a field technician for Verizon, it comes down to basically greed:
We’re striking for a fair contract. The company wants to outsource our work to other countries. We believe there’s enough work here that can be done by the people in the union now.
While Sanders did join the picket line, he was not the only Democratic presidential candidate to stand with the workers. Earlier, Hillary Clinton voiced her support:
To preserve and grow America’s middle class, we need to protect good wages and benefits, including retirement security. And we should be doing all we can to keep good-paying jobs with real job security in New York.
I’m sure tons of people will have negative things to say regarding them “not doing their job,” but that is not the case. Wage inequality and job outsourcing affects all of us. Our economy is going to plummet if we don’t stand up to corporate greed. Jobs become outsourced so companies can pay less for workers and can cut healthcare, while jacking up the prices for us here to line their pockets even more. Yup, that’s greed folks!
Bernie Sanders excites crowd in clip below:
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