Verizon landline workers are currently staging a massive strike stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia. They're protesting cutbacks as a result of declining business. But as they try to win the hearts, minds, and wallets of their employer (and even the public), you got to think the video you're about to see certainly won't help.
A video was posted on YouTube yesterday shows an alleged Verizon picketer going berserk at what appears to be replacement workers or management trying to cross the picket line in a Verizon truck. The man, however, is not alone. In the video, his daughter can be seen holding a strike sign and standing in front of the vehicle. Still, that didn't stop him from launching into a hate-filled speech against the other men, calling them "losers," "scumbags," and "scabs," all the while mixing in profanity.
Throughout the short video, the daughter can be seen standing just feet away taking it all in. You can even hear what sounds like others coaching her on where to stand and uttering their approval (CONTENT WARNING for graphic language):
The biggest irony may be that the video seems to be taken from someone who supports the union, and posted the footage as an example of something good.
As for the details surrounding the video, there aren't many. However, the title references the IBEW Local 827. According to that union's website, it's a New Jersey branch of the AFL-CIO and has this message posted in relation to the strikes:
Picket Lines are strong at every location from New England to Virginia. Unions are contacting us from all over the country who are offering to help us in our fight against Verizon. Working Men and Women, union and non-union realize this is a fight to save the Middle class.
As for the strikes in general, negotiators met face-to-face in New York on Monday, but neither management nor labor would say if there was progress. Their contracts expired at midnight Saturday.
The workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Another video posted referencing IBEW Local 827 on Tuesday shows how a semi-truck, apparently operated by the local Teamsters union, just happened to break down in front of the Verizon entrance, making it harder for people to enter:
Considering the videographers "thank you," we'll let you decide whether it was an accident or not.