Tensions Rise in Broome as Verizon Strike Continues
Striking Verizon workers are growing more angry as their strike against the company enters its second week.
Dozens of people participated in a rally Monday across the street from the Verizon office building in downtown Binghamton.
Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers listened to speakers criticize the company's stance on several issues, including job security.
The rally was held in a small park near Henry and Chenango streets. Striking Verizon employees and their supporters gathered near an inflatable rat to demonstrate solidarity as the labor action continues.
On Friday, a Verizon manager called Vestal Police to a company facility on Shippers Road. Officers were told picketing union members were blocking vehicles driven by replacement workers from leaving the site.
Police spoke with those who were gathered at the driveway to the Verizon office advising them to allow vehicles to enter and exit.
According to a police department supervisor, that was the first time officers were sent to the facility since the strike started on April 13.
More than 39,000 Verizon workers in New York, Pennsylvania and several other states had worked without a contract for several months prior to the strike.
Striking Verizon workers and supporters gathered in downtown Binghamton on April 25, 2016. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]