Wednesday, November 14, 2012
New Jersey Utilities Association warns customers should be on guard against fraudulent company representatives seeking personal information.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A statewide utility trade association is warning customers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter to be wary of people falsely identifying themselves as members of local utility companies and asking for personal information. The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) said Tuesday utility customers should “be on guard against individuals that falsely claim to be company representatives. “While so many are reaching out to assist those whose lives have been disrupted by the recent storms, there are also the few who will take advantage of people at their time of need,” NJUA President and CEO Andrew Hendry said. “We want to remind our customers to take extra precautions and protect themselves and their property from strangers…
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The company had previously announced they would begin offering Internet service with a maximum download speed of 300 megabits per second this month.
A video uploaded to Verizon's Youtube account Friday promised the Internet will "change forever" Monday but does not specify how, leading to speculation about changes in service for one of Bergen County's most popular high-speed Internet providers. Verizon announced last month that their FiOS brand would begin offering a new 300 megabits per second (Mbps) service, which is twice the speed of their current fastest option. A second video uploaded Friday features FiOS Internet Director John Schommer discussing the forthcoming 300 Mbps option, which will also include a maximum upload speed of 65 Mbps. Technology news website The Verge reported the new service will cost $204.99 per month. The 15 Mbps service, which most customers use, will see …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
More than 50 support NJ Citizen Action during lunchtime Rally for Jobs.
Instead of taking his normal lunch hour, John Jones took a break from his job as a Verizon technician, stepped across Broad Street and joined more than 50 peaceful protesters Tuesday afternoon in Washington Park at the New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) Rally for Jobs. Jones was among several Verizon workers who spoke out and held signs protesting their employer. Specifically because the global communications company's workers in the Brick City have worked without a contract since August, and also because they said new hires are not given retirement benefits. In addition, Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO New Jersey Legislative and Political Coordinator Seth Hahn reminded the protesters that Verizon employed 800 workers at 540 Broad…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A Verizon press release said 45,000 striking wireline division workers, including 5,400 in N.J., were expected to report for work on Monday night without a contract
Verizon Communications announced Saturday afternoon that its 45,000 wireline employees in nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states who are represented by the CWA and IBEW unions would be expected to return to work Monday night, Aug. 22, even without a new contract. The return to work of 5,400 New Jersey union wireline workers would end a two-week old strike that began shortly after midnight on Sat., Aug. 6. According to a press release on a Verizon website, Verizon and the unions—including Local 827 of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New Jersey—have made headway in negotiating a number of local and regional issues. The parties have agreed on a process for moving forward to negotiate the major issues regarding benefits, …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Elusive Deal to be Sought After Workers Return Tuesday.
Striking Verizon workers will return to work Tuesday without a new contract after a work stoppage kept them off the job for the past two weeks, according to a published report Saturday. The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers issued a statement says tens of thousands of Verizon workers have agreed to come back to work while they continue to negotiate with Verizon Communications Inc., according to a report on NJ.com. About 45,000 Verizon landline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia struck on Aug. 7, fighting management demands for contract givebacks. The sides cannot agree on the issue in the face of the company's declining landline business in an age of mobile phones. In Essex County…
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Company cites at least a dozen instances of sabotage throughout the Eastern region since Saturday.
Verizon issued a press release Monday announcing recent incidents of what they believe to be sabotage to their network, which has resulted in a disruption of service for some of the company's customers. Many employees have grown frustrated with the company's inability to hammer out a new contract with the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions, that represent some 45,000 wireline employees across the region. According to Verizon, at least 12 such incidents have occurred since Saturday spanning four states, all of which are strike areas, including New Jersey. One particular incident happened in Cedar Grove, in which someone stole electronic equipment that resulted in a power failure, …
Monday, August 8, 2011
Workers protest at Washington Avenue company headquarters in Belleville after talks on a new contract fall through.
[Updated: 2:40 p.m.] A handful of protestors picketed outside Verizon’s Belleville company central office today as they joined forces with protestors around the region after their unions broke off talks on a new contract with the company for 45,000 employees early Sunday. The protestors, members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), claim the company wants the unions to give up certain negotiated benefits. “They gave us a list of stuff two pages long they want us to give up,” said Karen Perkert of Kearny, a network technician and 22-year veteran of the company. “They’re basically just trying to get rid of the union. The want us to be non-union, like wireless [employees…