Striking Verizon Workers Ordered to Scale Back Protests

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Verizon says picketing workers have gone too far and has asked courts to limit the activities of its striking workforce.

A New York court granted Verizon's request forcing 1,000 Western New York employees to follow new guidelines for their sidewalk protests.

Union workers will have to limit the number of people who protest in front of Verizon's properties and also stay 15 feet away from entrances.

"We're holding up strong," said CWA Local 1122 President James Wagner.

"We've got a lot of spirit, we've got a strong brotherhood, sisterhood here. And we will be out here one day longer than them," Wagner said.

Verizon claimed that striking workers committed more than 70 acts of sabotage since the strike started. Union officials deny the claim.

"Rather than going to court to silence their workers, Verizon should be explaining how they can afford to pay a handful of top executives over $250 Million in the past four years, but refuse to bargain with our union in good faith," said a union official in a statement released late Thursday.

A Verizon spokesman did not return calls for comment.