Unionized Verizon workers have been on strike for more than a month. During these weeks, we've seen Verizon spend millions of dollars in advertising trying to convince customers that their telecommunications issues are being handled. In fact, customers would be much better off if Verizon would bargain a fair contract that gets Verizon workers back on the job. Instead, too many customers are being put at risk by Verizon's inadequate and deficient checks of the replacement workers it's hiring. Instead of working to resolve this dispute, Verizon has decided to hire contract workers who already have been responsible for several incidents of damage due to their use of unsafe working practices. Several contractors even have been arrested. At a time when too many criminals are targeting the unsuspecting customer, Verizon has chosen to overlook background checks, experience and training, and safety. In one incident last week, a Verizon contractor was arrested and charged with assault and battery for running down a picketer and striking a police officer with his vehicle in Massachusetts. It turns out he was intoxicated at 8:30 a.m., charged with his fourth Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI), and driving on a suspended license.
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