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Verizon strike continues as company and workers trade barbs
Verizon strike continues as company and workers trade barbs

Clashes between Verizon Corp. and its workers have escalated as contract negotiations remain deadlocked and thousands of workers have been striking for more than a week. The company has trained current and retired managers to fill jobs, angering union workers, and a Communications Workers of America spokesman said replacement workers have hit several picketers with their vehicles. Meanwhile, Verizon officials say they have seen an increase in equipment sabotage since the strike began. The situation is emblematic of labor strife nationwide as employees face new workplace realities — lower wages, fewer jobs and downsizing that puts pressure on remaining workers to keep up productivity....

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