And after nearly seven weeks on strike, tens of thousands of Verizon workers have declared victory. It was one of the biggest U.S. strikes in years, as workers fought Verizon’s efforts to cap pensions, cut benefits and outsource work to Mexico, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. Under a deal announced Monday, workers will receive a nearly 11 percent raise over four years. The deal also decreases Verizon’s ability to outsource work. Last week, Verizon worker Pamela Galpern spoke with Democracy Now! about the strike.
Pamela Galpern: “For a company that’s as profitable as Verizon, I think it was clear that we—that wasn’t right, that it’s not right that they want to take so much from the workers who have helped make this company so profitable. This strike is really about keeping good jobs here, and it’s about our families. It’s 39,000 workers on strike, and it’s the families of all of those workers.”