Metro Washington AFL-CIO
Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after coming to an agreement in principle with the company. After 44 days of the largest strike in recent history, striking CWA and IBEW members say they have achieved their major goals of improving working families’ standard of living, creating good union jobs and achieving a first contract for wireless retail store workers. "It's a great day in the labor movement," said CWA 2336 president Terry Richardson. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez called the tentative resolution "a testament to the power of collective bargaining." Verizon and the unions are working to put the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification. "I expect that workers will be back on the job next week,” Perez said.