Contact Us

Striking Verizon Workers Hit the Picket Lines over New Contracts [VIDEO]

Two unions representing 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike Sunday over stalled contract negotiations.
You Tube

Two unions representing 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike Sunday over stalled contract negotiations.

The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents service techs, customer service reps and operators at the New York-based phone company. The unions plan to hold more than 100 rallies from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. on Monday.

“They are trying to get rid of the working class,” Bill Gebhart, a lineman who has worked for Verizon for 15 years, told The Star-Ledger. “They are totally annihilating it.”

The highly profitable telecom giant said the striking employees work for its traditional landline business, which is losing customers to wireless services. Some of the concessions Verizon wants from the union members include:

  • ending pensions for new workers
  • freezing current pensions at the end of the year
  • outsourcing some work to other countries
  • tying pay increases to performance reviews
  • requiring workers to pay monthly premiums for health insurance
  • eliminating the sickness and death benefit program

“It is clear that some of the existing contract provisions, negotiated initially when Verizon was under far less competitive pressure, are not in line with the economic realities of business today,” Verizon’s chief executive, Lowell C. McAdam said. “As the US automobile industry found out a few years ago, failure to make needed adjustments — when the need for change is obvious — can be catastrophic.”

To avoid service interruptions, Verizon has activated more than 10,000 retired employees and managers to fill in for the striking workers.

[Bloomberg]

Flickr user stockerre
Flickr user stockerre
[

Lost Texas Dog Shows Up in Indiana

When a dog gets out of the yard and doesn't come back, you never think perhaps he's safe and sound, 1100 miles away.

One Texas dog made it all the way to Indiana.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: ,
police-lights
[

Man With A Gun Causes Scare At East Texas Walmart

A customer saw a man with a gun last Friday night at the Walmart in Sulphur Springs, and it turns out he had been driving a stolen pickup.  It turned out okay, but could have been much worse.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: ,
Zack Ryder WWE
WWE
[

WrestleMania Is Coming To Texas

WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year for the WWE, and AT&T Stadium in Arlington gets the chance to host it in 2016.

Read More|Comment

Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images
[

What Does a Lifetime’s Worth of Pennies Get You? Not Much.

There's a man who lives over by Lubbock who has been saving pennies since 1952 and finally cashed them in.  You'll never guess how much cash he got for this lifetime of pennies.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: , ,
bradley-cooper-lance-armstrong
[

Bradley Cooper Stops in Texas to Promote New Film

On Thursday actor Bradley Cooper found out he was nominated for Hollywood's biggest honor, an Oscar.  And the night before that he was in Texas, hanging out at an average, ordinary theater, to promote the film he's nominated for.

Read More|Comment

Traffic-heavy-200x300
[

Some Customized License Plates May Be Discontinued

It's a matter of demand.

If there are only a dozen or so people ordering certain customized license plates in Texas, it doesn't justify the cost to keep them going. Which ones are in jeopardy?

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags:
Grilling Sausage
[

Texas BBQ Master Gets To Cook on Inauguration Day

When there's a big party in Texas, chances are there's barbecue involved.  And one well-known Texas smokehouse is handling all the food for the Governor's inauguration soon.

Read More|Comment

Brian Bahr/Getty Images
Brian Bahr/Getty Images
[

Lots Of People Moved to Texas Last Year

There was a huge number of people who left states like New York and New Jersey last year, and Texas received a bunch of them.

When it comes to states people moved to in 2014, Texas is in the Top 10.

Read More|Comment

Beer2
[

You Don’t Have To Be Wasted To Get A DWI

If you're drinkin' on New Year's Eve, you're not drivin' right?

Heads up that there will be extra patrols on the roads watching tonight.  And it's not just drunk driving that will get you in trouble.  Buzzed driving can have you seeing flashing lights too.

Read More|Comment

Spencer Platt/Getty Image
Spencer Platt/Getty Image
[

New Device for Christmas? Check Out These Free Apps.

If you got a new smart phone for Christmas, you might be looking for the best apps to load it up.

Free ones, right?  Free is always good.  Here are some ideas.

Read More|Comment

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksfa860.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!