Virginia Verizon workers go on strike

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Thousands of Verizon employees are officially on strike after the Communication Workers of America failed to reach an agreement with the company Saturday.

45,000 Verizon workers went on strike after the two parties were unable to agree on a deal before a midnight deadline. That means telephone repair technicians, customer service representatives and cable installers are now hitting the picket lines.

Communication Workers of America represents 1,200 workers in central Virginia.

Verizon says it has activated a contingency plan to provide customers with "limited disruption in service" during the strike.

In a statement released early Sunday morning, Marc Reed, Verizon's executive vice president of human resources, explained the company has people in place to fill the roles and responsibilities of its union-represented workers.

"We are confident that we have the talent and resources in place to meet the needs and demands of our customers," said Reed.

Verizon Wireless customers and services aren't affected by this strike.

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