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July 28, 2003

Edwards Backs Verizon Strikers

Unions are demanding more than promises of good policy from friendly politicians. They are demanding support in their life-and-death organizing, bargaining and strikes.

John Edwards is jockeying for labor support and has come out strongly in support of Verizon telephone strikers:

Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) wrote to Verizon President Lawrence Babbio voicing concern over the Verizon North Carolina strike and calling on the company to "negotiate in good faith an end to this strike to allow these families to get back to work."

The workers at these North Carolina facilities are raising some serious issues about working conditions," Edwards wrote, adding, "These are hard-working people who have always represented Verizon well."

This demand in the North Carolina strike could be just a warmup for a possible national strike by Verizon workers, where a range of candidates and politicians will be asked to step up to the plate in support.

Posted by Nathan at July 28, 2003 02:43 PM