Verizon workers prepared to strike if labor agreement not met

FILE - In this Aug 7, 2011, file photo, a union strike sign hangs below Verizon's corporate logo in front of a facility in New York. Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Thousands of workers at Verizon Wireless are prepared to walk off the job if they don’t reach a new labor agreement with the telecom giant.

Around 40,000 Verizon employees are prepared to strike. The workers primarily service the company’s traditional phone business. They’ve gone without a contract since August.

Their union says it’s trying to stop Verizon from moving jobs offshore or cutting benefits for injured workers.

Union workers trained to cover new assignments in the event of a strike.

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