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The Telecom Digest for Mon, 02 May 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 73 : "text" format

Table of contents
San Francisco Police Chief Releases Officers' Racist Texts Monty Solomon
Re: Does The Verizon Strike Signal A Resurgence Of Labor? HAncock4
The Verizon Strike is About More Than Dollars and CentsBill Horne
Verizon blames strikers for service outagesBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <8DA335D1-6B9B-4E9F-AF9F-DAD3AB6551E6@roscom.com> Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:35:54 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: San Francisco Police Chief Releases Officers' Racist Texts San Francisco's police chief on Friday ordered all officers to finish anti-bias training within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department. SAN FRANCISCO - Police Chief Gregory P. Suhr on Friday announced that all officers on the San Francisco force would be required to complete anti-bias training as he released nine pages of racist text messages between three officers that further tarnished the image of a department under federal investigation. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/us/san-francisco-police-orders-officers-to-complete-anti-harassment-class.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <dee7cf96-f88a-4e05-ac7b-1f363f76c1c6@googlegroups.com> Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:47:08 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Does The Verizon Strike Signal A Resurgence Of Labor? On Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9:19:45 AM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote: Does The Verizon Strike Signal A Resurgence Of Labor? The Verizon workers have a very strong basis for their strike. The Newark, NJ, Star Ledger came out for them in an editorial. However, despite many workers all over facing the same onerous cutbacks in compensation and benefits, there doesn't seem to be very much support for the Verizon workers, unfortunately. The labor movement badly hurt itself in recent years with corruption and foolish positions. Some workers in certain industries got very high wages, and that was a factor in their industry losing business to overseas. Some unions were stuck in the past, not in touch with current issues among the majority of workers. (Telling a bunch of office workers about factory safety isn't a good strategy, as one union organizer did.) Also, politically the U.S. has turned very rightward. The readers comments in the Star Ledger editorial were very hostile toward workers. Far too many people these days think big business (is) for the good of _all_, which isn't true. ***** Moderator's Note ***** The "tea party" is proof that Stockholm Syndrome exists in our political world, and it's the same for many workers who have never enjoyed the benefits of a union and sometimes resent others having better wages and working conditions. I agree that unions have never been very good at explaining the benefits of membership to workers, especially those office workers who feel detached from the Blue-collar world. It goes in waves, and only time will tell if the current political and economic storm will reach the shore as a Tsunami or a Seiche. Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160501174428.GA14851@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 13:44:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: The Verizon Strike is About More Than Dollars and Cents The Verizon Strike Is About More Than Dollars And Cents The real fight is over union jobs, period. By Dave Jamieson Labor Reporter, The Huffington Post On Thursday morning, Eddie Blackburn, a Verizon technician in Rhode Island, logged on to Facebook to send his colleagues a message. They were scheduled to lose their Verizon health coverage soon while out on strike. Blackburn urged his friends not to buckle and cross the picket line. "I would personally rather die on that line than sell out my union, and friends I have broke bread with, shared birthdays and family events with, laughed and cried together," Blackburn wrote in a Facebook post. "I have worked with some of you for almost 20 years. Crossing the line for me is not an option, I ask the same from you." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/verizon-strike_us_5723e56ae4b0b49df6ab67e5 -- Bill Horne ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20160501175649.GA14872@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 13:56:49 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: SeVerizon blames strikers for service outages Verizon Reports Sabotage of Network, Implicating Striking Workers APRIL 30, 2016 Service outages impacted thousands of customers - but unions say Verizon is to blame. As it entered the third week of one of the biggest and most contentious strikes of the last decade, Verizon reported a more than 100% increase in suspected vandalism of its network infrastructure. As of Wednesday, the total was 57 incidents across seven states, mostly in the Northeast. Verizon says the incidents have disrupted the services of thousands of Verizon customers, in one case including 911 emergency services. Though Verizon VZ -0.16% is making no direct accusations, the announcement is clearly intended to implicate the company's own striking workers. The announcement tallies the number of incidents since April 13th, the day the strike began, and contrasts the surge in vandalism with the normal rate of about six incidents per year. http://fortune.com/2016/04/30/verizon-sabotage-worker-strike/ -- Bill Horne ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Mon, 02 May 2016

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