ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — After a six and a half week strike, Verizon workers are back on the job Wednesday morning.
It was the biggest workers strike in the U.S. in five years, and locally, with some of the 40,000 workers that walked off the job holding signs and chanting right in Albany.
The workers strike was because of a contract dispute between Verizon and two unions. Sticking points in the contract negotiations had included job relocations, offshoring call-center jobs, pensions and healthcare coverage. The unions made several concessions, but still calling the agreement a win. The contract includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years, but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money.
The agreement comes after Verizon admitted that the strike was costing them business and giving them trouble bringing in new customers.
Union members still have to vote on the agreement.