Dear MoveOn member,
A MoveOn member named Greg Jacobs recently created a petition on our public petition website entitled "Lowell McAdam: give CWA a fair contract or we will cancel our Verizon services"–and we'd like to know what you think of it.
The petition is addressed to Lowell McAdam, Verizon CEO, and reads:
For too long, Verizon leadership has gotten rich while taking advantage of their workers and the public. Now they want to ship jobs overseas and slash their workers benefits. We've had enough - and now we are voting with our dollars.
Here's what Greg wrote about it:
The Communication Workers of America are on strike as they stand up to the greed and immoral behavior of Vernizon and it's leaders. It's no secret that the CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam, makes an obscene amount of money. He wants to continue his greedy ways by firing and intimidating his workers, slashing their benefits, and shipping jobs overseas. We can't strike with the CWA, but we can surely vote with our dollars.
This petition requires Verizon to create a fair contract with CWA and start treating their workers (our fellow Americans) with the dignity and respect they deserve. If they fail to do this in a timely manner, we will cancel our cell phone, home phone and Internet services with Verizon. It's a small price to pay in order to stand up to corporate greed.
What CWA is asking for is not unreasonable. In fact, it's the right thing to do.
Here's why they are on strike:
CWA is on strike because they'll do whatever it takes to create a better workplace for their workers and those that follow.
They're standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer.
They're standing together because Verizon has fired, threatened, and intimidated working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.
They're standing together because they want to earn a living in their own communities instead of moving away from their homes and families for months at a time. They want good jobs to stay in the United States, not be sent overseas.
They're standing together to make sure that working people at Verizon can not just make a good living, but also have a good life.
CWA are our friends, family and neighbors. They are standing up for themselves - it's time we stood with them.
Can you click to let us know what you think?
We'll decide whether to send this petition out to additional MoveOn members in your area based on your feedback.
In case you haven't heard about it, MoveOn's petition site allows anyone to start an online petition and share it with friends and neighbors to build support for their cause.
Thanks for all you do.
—Milan, Maria, Manny, Bobby, and the rest of the team
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