On Sunday, 45,000 members of the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went out on strike against Verizon.
On Saturday, before they struck, union militants converged on homes of Verizon executives.
In this first clip, union members inflated a large rat in front of the home of Verizon Senior Vice President Bill Foshay. On its Youtube page, IBEW Local 827 stated:
SELL NO MORE!! VP Bill Fohsay and the rest of the Boston bunch can run, but if we don’t get a contract you can’t hide! We will find you, and you will hear us now!!!
Separately, union militants also descended on Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams’ home.
Separately, on Monday, Verizon reported multiple incidents of sabotage in Massachusetts:
“We’ve discovered a number of cables have been cut, and it’s affecting service on our networks,” said Verizon spokesman Phil Santoro.
Santoro said he was not yet able to determine “several hundred” customers were affected by seven incidents of cables cut in Billerica and Tewksbury. An incident of sabotage has also been reported in the upstate New York town of Queensbury.
IBEW spokesman Paul Feeney, however, dismissed the reports, stating that the outages were likely caused by the lack of maintenance staff and heavy rain.
“It’s status quo for Verizon,” said Paul Feeney of IBEW Local 2222. “Any time that there’s a work stoppage, a page in Verizon’s playbook is to immediately go to the media and say there’s sabotage and that’s why there’s outages in their service.”
Of course, the last time Verizon union struck, there were 455 incidents of sabotage.
Shrinking Unions Strike at Verizon – WSJ.com
As 45,000 Union Workers Strike Verizon, Union Protesters Bring Rat To CEO’s House | LaborUnionReport.com
Unions Strike; Vandals Hit the East Coast | National Legal and Policy Center