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Sun May 22, 2016, 05:03 AM

 

'This is for Our Families': Children of Striking Verizon Workers Join Picket Line

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
byCommon Dreams

'This is for Our Families': Children of Striking Verizon Workers Join Picket Line

Children marched on the Verizon strike picket lines to call attention to the corporation's "family-devastating proposals"
byNika Knight, staff writer

From Indianapolis to Philadelphia, there were new, younger voices joining the usual chant on the Verizon strike picket lines on Saturday: "What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!"

Children of striking workers joined their parents for 25 nationwide "Family Day" protests organized by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), one of the unions behind the strike.

Holding cotton candy, balloons, and handmade protest signs, the children called for what their parents have asked for from the start: a fair contract, keeping their jobs in their communities, and putting a stop to pension cuts and offshoring of middle-class jobs.

"Despite $1.5 billion in monthly profits and a record $39 billion in profits over the last three years, Verizon is trying to force concessions that would devastate families and kill good jobs," as CWA put it in a statement.

more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/21/our-families-children-striking-verizon-workers-join-picket-line

cross-posted to Omaha Steve's Labor group here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/11179249

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