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Labor Disputes and Strikes

Verizon talks with unions coming down to the wire

Verizon talks with unions coming down to the wire

Facing the midnight Saturday expiration of labor contracts covering 39,000 workers in nine states, including Maryland, Verizon reported little progress in the negotiations with two unions late Friday.

Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have voted to go on strike if necessary over the dispute.

The contracts cover employees from Massachusetts to Virginia who work for Verizon's wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service.

The unions say the telecom giant is demanding that workers sharply increase their health care contributions and make concession on...