Verizon Rank-and-File Petition: No contract, no work!
The CWA and IBEW have ordered Verizon workers to return to work without a contract on Wednesday, June 1. We have no information about the "agreement in principle" and its impact on our health care and other terms we will have to work under for the next four years.
The circumstances of the return to work order are highly suspicious. We were informed of this agreement over the Memorial Day weekend when many workers were gone and when we had no opportunity to discuss it on the picket line. It also comes just as the strike would be strengthened by our eligibility to receive unemployment benefits, which will be cancelled if we return to work.
This is a complete violation of democratic procedures and due process. Workers require facts, not talking points. We have the right to make decisions on any end of the strike and any agreement with the company.
Therefore, the undersigned demand:
* The return to work order must be rescinded pending the holding of membership meetings where the full details of a contract are distributed and a democratic vote is taken.
This petition is for Verizon and other workers in the CWA and IBEW. We encourage workers to include their workplace location when signing.