Verizon says its ‘last best offer’ remains on table as strike continues
Verizon said its "last best final offer" remains on the table despite rejection by its employee unions.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Marc Reed said the two sides met on Friday and the unions presented a proposal "that was not constructive" and rejected it. Reed said the unions requested another meeting on Monday in Rye, New York.
The CWA rejected the "best" offer on Thursday and said in a response posted on its website that Verizon’s offer was “little more than the same old bulls**t.”
In a separate statement by CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis G. Trainor and CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney, the union officials said Verizon needs to "get serious" about negotiations and said the replacement workers are impacting the company.
"Customers are already tired of the wait times, unsafe work practices and poor service being provided by untrained management replacement workers," Trainor and Mooney said in their statement.
Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off their jobs on April 13 after negotiations reached an impasse over a variety of issues ranging from healthcare and pension costs for both current workers and retirees to work rules on layoffs, employees working away from home and use of contract workers.