Postal workers picket with Verizon workers

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 14:09:43-04

Verizon workers are getting some support from other members of the labor force.

On Wednesday, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers joined Verizon workers on the picket line in Cheektowaga at Union Road and Walden Avenue.

The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 3 told 7 Eyewitness News this Verizon labor strike is one of the largest strikes in the country in the past few years.

“We’re here today to support our brothers and sisters who are on strike and picketing against Verizon, a multi-billion dollar corporation that fails to negotiate in good faith with the workers,” Kania said.

Wednesday marked Day 36 of the Verizon workers strike.

“Our spirits are high. We’re in it till the end. We’ll do whatever it takes to get a fair and just deal,” President of CWA Local 22 James Whener said.

Whener is grateful for the support from other labor unions.

“This shows the Western New York community that the working class is alive and well. It’s solidarity forever for the working men and women here in Western New York.”

After weeks of meager progress, Verizon and its union’s bargaining team are back at the negotiating table in Washington, DC.