Verizon contract negotiations continue in Philadelphia where one of the biggest issues is Verizon's reluctance/the unions' desires to unionize the non-union Verizon Wireless.
You can read my Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer story by clicking here.
AT&T, Verizon's chief rival, is union wall-to-wall, says Jeffrey Keefe, a Rutgers University professor who spent several years researching employment in telecom. In 2006, when AT&T bought out Cingular, which had earlier purchased AT&T's struggling mobile division, unions were allowed to organize Cingular workers if a majority of workers, on a site-by-site basis. signed cards asking to be unionized. They did and they were, primarily represented by the Communications Workers of America.
In March, AT&T said it would acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom in Germany, pending regulatory approval. T-Mobile is unionized in Germany, but not here.