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Verizon deal includes new jobs, raises; worker strike to end

A tentative deal between Verizon and nearly 40,000 workers should see the employees returning June 1.


Striking workers of Verizon telecommunications giant, picket in front of a Verizon office in Washington, DC, on April 14, 2016.

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A massive strike conducted by 36,000 unionised Verizon workers that has been ongoing since April should come to an end this week, with workers due to return June 1, the Associated Press has revealed. The company announced on May 27 that it had reached a deal, but the details were not revealed until today.

To end the strike, Verizon promised workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions 1,300 new call centre jobs, 11 percent raises over four years, and health care plan changes to save Verizon money. Union members will vote on this deal after returning to work.

The strike, which took place over Verizon's efforts to shrink its flagging wireline business, saw service disruptions across the company's landline, internet and television divisions, and slower responses to customer issues. Previously, Verizon, which employs 177,000 workers, had argued that it was shifting its resources to wireless services.