James “Jim” Morris, Vice President of the 2201 area Communications Workers of America, said there has been, “Incredible support” for the Verizon strikers.
The strike has been in reaction to Verizon’s decision to shift their company toward operating with mega centers rather than separate offices.
This move would mean the possibility of closing the Warsaw Main Street Verizon office, which could result in the loss of jobs for 36 employees, says Verizon employee and chief steward for the local chapter of Communication Workers of America, Theresa Balderson.
Employees from the Warsaw office have been vigilantly picketing along Richmond Road for the past few weeks; going as far as even picketing in the pouring rain.
Morris stated that they’re fighting to keep their jobs because, “We love our jobs.” He said it is, “Hard to hold back emotions. These are my friends. Our families.”
Morris confirmed that Verizon has cancelled their insurance as of Monday May 2. He said the worst part is that these people have families who rely on that insurance for their children’s necessary medications.
Verizon plans to start outsourcing their work says Morris.
Morris says that they’ve had support from individuals at the Virginia Railroad Express (VRE) and people from Dominion Power, who have supplied the strikers with food. Morris also mentioned that one gentleman from Fredericksburg dropped off 15 Firehouse Subs gift cards for the protesters.