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Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's facilities Wednesday in Boston. Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike Wednesday morning on the East Coast. (Steven Senne/AP)
Verizon workers picket outside one of the company's facilities Wednesday in Boston. Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike Wednesday morning on the East Coast. (Steven Senne/AP)
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About 40,000 Verizon landline and Internet workers along the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday after going eight months without a contract. It's one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years.

"They want to strip away our job security," says Verizon technician and IBEW Local 2222 steward Bryan Phillips. "[They want to] move the jobs overseas, freeze the pension if not remove it completely [and] completely diminish health care."

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Ed Hastings, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2222 labor union, which tweets @IBEW2222.

Rich Young, director of external communications and media relations at Verizon. He tweets @RichYoung8.

Tom Kochan, professor of work and employment research and engineering systems at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and co-director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research. His recent book is "Shaping the Future of Work." He tweets @TomKochan.

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WBUR: Verizon Workers In Boston Join Tens Of Thousands On Strike

  • "About 300 striking Verizon workers picketed outside the Verizon office building in Boston near Government Center. They carried signs that said, “Fighting corporate greed at Verizon,” and when a worker crossed the line to enter the building, they jeered."

The Boston Globe: Verizon Workers On East Coast Go On Strike

  • "About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast walked off the job Wednesday morning, including more than 5,000 in Massachusetts, a day after the telecommunications giant announced a $300 million investment to bring high-speed fiber optic FiOS Internet and TV service to Boston."

The New York Times: Verizon Workers Strike On East Coast After Deadline Passes

  • "Tens of thousands of Verizon workers on the East Coast walked off the job on Wednesday after the company and two labor unions failed to reach a new agreement by a 6 a.m. deadline set by the unions, more than eight months after their contracts expired."

WBUR: City Hopes Verizon Fios Will Boost Local Businesses

  • "Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday that Verizon will spend more than $300 million to bring its advanced fiber optic network to all corners of the city."

This segment aired on April 13, 2016.

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