CWA workers to protest against Verizon Wireless

March 22, 2012 2:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH - Communications Workers of America members will stand in support of Verizon workers from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Verizon Wireless' Portsmouth store at 1840 Woodbury Ave. and in Manchester as part of a "national day of action" against the telecommunications company.

CWA workers and supporters say they will ask consumers not to patronize Verizon Wireless until it stops downgrading the middle-class jobs of its work force and approves a fair contract with CWA.

"Good middle-class jobs fuel the New Hampshire advantage. We cannot afford for multinational companies such as Verizon Wireless to reset the standards for workers even in trying economic times," said Felicia Augevich, district vice president of CWA Local 1400.

After talks broke down last summer, about 45,000 Verizon workers who are members of the CWA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers walked off the job and took part in a 13-day strike. They returned to work under terms of the old contract.