Bernie Sanders Rallies With Striking Verizon Workers

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:47 AM

throwing American workers out of the streets." Sanders said Verizon was cutting workers' health care benefits while paying CEO Lowell McAdam $18 million in salary and compensation.

Bernie Sanders Rallies With Striking Verizon Workers

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined striking Verizon workers Monday on the picket line in Manhattan and praised them for standing "up for justice and against corporate greed."

Grabbing a bullhorn, Sanders told the cheering throng, "We won't tolerate large profitable corporations sending jobs to low-wage countries.... throwing American workers out of the streets."

Sanders said Verizon was cutting workers' health care benefits while paying CEO Lowell McAdam $18 million in salary and compensation.

"That is the kind of greed that's destroying the American center class," Sanders said while the workers gathered on Seventh Ave. and thirty-sixth St. roared with approval.

Sanders delivered his broadside ahead of a rally in Times Square where 7.500 striking workers keep on a massive indicate of solidarity on the sixth day of their work action.

There was number immediate response from Verizon or McAdam to Sanders, but this wasn't the first time the VT senator has stood-up for the strikers.

Sanders got a rock star reception latest Wednesday when he visited the picket line in Brooklyn. Many of the strikers belong to the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which has endorsed Sanders.

His rival Hillary Clinton also gave a shout-out of support to the strikers. But so distant none of the Republican presidential candidates have weighed in on the side of the workers.

In Times Square, the Verizon workers were joined by dozens of NY City elected officials, including Public Advocate Letitia James, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and others — all of them Democrats.

"Verizon makes $1.5 billion per month, but it'south not willing to deal a contract that allows its workers to keep food on the table and care for their families," City Comptroller Scott Stringer said.

Mark-Viverito said the City Council "stands in solidarity with the Communication Workers of America, who deserve a fair contract."

"New York City is, and always will be, a union town and we should create sure these excellent union jobs stay in our city," she said.

Striking workers up in Buffalo got a visit from Clinton'south husband, former President Bill Clinton. And MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also a Democrat, came out maintain striking workers in her hometown of Cambridge.

Warning that Verizon was planning to outsource their jobs overseas and frustrated by lack of movement on a contract, some 40.000 landline and cable Verizon workers walked off their jobs latest week from MA to Virginia. Workers said they've been without a contract since August.

Latest week, after Sanders sided with the workers, McAdam in a LinkedIn blog post slammed the candidate for his "uninformed views."

"Contrary to Sen. Sanders' contention, our proposals don't call for mass layoffs or shipping jobs overseas. Rather, we've asked for more flexibility in routing calls and consolidating some of our call centers, some of which employ a handful of people," the CEO said, directing readers to review Verizon'south proposal.

"Nostalgia for the rotary phone era won't rescue American jobs, any more than ignoring the global forces reshaping the auto industry saved the Detroit auto makers," McAdam added.

McAdam, however, didn't mention his salary, which is three hundred times more in salary and compensation than what the average Verizon Wireless worker makes.

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