Some 500 Verizon employees protest in Manhattan outside a media summit where Verizon executives were scheduled to speak, as talks to resolve one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years continues between unions and the telecommunications giant. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Some 500 Verizon employees protested in Manhattan on Thursday (May 19) outside a media summit where Verizon executives were scheduled to speak. Verizon Communications Inc and representatives from two striking unions will continue contract discussions in Washington this week with the help of the U.S. Department of Labor, the regulator said. About 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives in the company's Fios Internet, telephone and television services unit walked off the job in mid-April in the largest U.S. strike in recent years. Sticking points in contract negotiations had included offshoring call-center jobs, pensions and healthcare coverage.