Verizon workers have called off their strike, the nation’s largest in the past 4 years, after the company agreed to temporarily extend the contract and come back to the bargaining table.
The strike began because Verizon decided to crush the union. It didn’t succeed. Instead, the workers held together, Verizon found itself plagued with service problems, and received some bad publicity for its aggressive actions against striking workers.
Moreover, the company agreed that both sides can walk away from negotiations at any time, meaning they recognize the workers may return to the picket lines.
The big victory, saving jobs and benefits, has not been achieved. That will be determined at the bargaining table. But the fact that Verizon was forced to that table in the first place is a significant victory that should embolden workers to take a harder line against the company than before.