ASHBURN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UFCW Local 400 members from Giant, Safeway and Shoppers will be walking a picket line today, Aug. 15, in Ashburn, Va. in Solidarity with Communications Workers of America (CWA) members as they strike for their right to a fair contract. The picket will be held at the Verizon building located at 22001 Loudoun Parkway Ashburn, Va. at 4:00 p.m.
“It’s pertinent that all workers stand together to fight greedy corporations like Verizon, that bully their employees and take back rights that have already been promised,” said Local 400 President Tom McNutt. “Local 400 is proud to support our brothers and sisters today from CWA by picketing with them in Ashburn as they fight for a fair contract, a contract that protects middle class jobs that the bullies in corporate America have been trying to wash away since the beginning of this year.”
About 45,000 workers from CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have been on strike from Massachusetts to Virginia when no agreement was reached with their employer, Verizon. The workers on strike include field technicians, service representatives, operators and other support personnel. CWA said that Verizon wants over 100 concessions, which include workers losing sick days, paid vacation time, holidays, childcare and pensions. Meanwhile, Verizon has booked $6 billion in profits while paying top executives $258 million in the past four years and still remains the second largest telecommunications company.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents more than 35,000 workers from police officers to grocery clerks and nurses to meatpackers. Local 400 strives to help workers obtain and hold onto better paychecks, job security, decent fringe benefits and justice on the job. Local 400 attains these goals through the support, unity, and involvement of members, the community and political involvement. www.ufcw400.org