Locally, the workers on strike are affiliated with Local 2201 of the Communications Workers of America. The Associated Press reported that CWA negotiations with Ver-
izon stalled Saturday night after the company continued to demand more than 100 concessions from workers and the union refused to budge.
The contract that expired at midnight Saturday covers 45,000 workers, including 10,000 represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who are telephone and repair technicians, customer service representatives, operators and others.
Jeff Sise of Gloucester, a systems technician who has worked for the company for 24 years, said that a major sticking point in negotiations involves health care and related benefits. Currently, Sise said Verizon contributes $3,000 a year toward health care for him and his family—something that Verizon is seeking to eliminate.