MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. -- Verizon line employees who have been working without a contact since Aug. 2 held informational pickets Tuesday and Wednesday outside of the major wireless phone company's stores along Route 6 and in Hartsdale and Port Chester.
Anthony Pugliese, vice president for Local 1103 of the Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO, said, "It's all about preserving good middle-class jobs."
Pugliese said the CWA has been in bargaining talks since June 22 with Verizon management, but that their three-year contract expired on Aug. 2. That night, the union decided to continue bargaining without a contract, rather than go on strike, Pugliese said, which would have involved about 40,000 employees along the East Coast including New York and New Jersey.
About 1,500 unionized Verizon line workers are affected in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.
About a dozen have been holding "informational pickets" late weekday afternoons and will continue to do so as long as there is no contract agreement, according to Pugliese.
On Tuesday, roughly every other motorist honked in support of the picketers outside the Mohean Lake store on Route 6. "We've had unbelievable public feedback,'' Pugliese said,
He estimated about 90 percent of motorists passing the union picket lines in Hartsdale have been honking