MAJOR STRIKE AT ONE OF THE LARGEST MOBILE CARRIER BUSINESSES
Just under forty thousand Verizon landline and cable workers went on strike Wednesday morning after negotiations stalled. Their contracts expired nearly eight months ago.
Two unions are involved: the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The two embody installers, customer service employees, repairmen, and other service workers.
Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, and DC are the areas affected by the strike.
Unions say Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make laying off workers easier, and rely more heavily on contract workers. Verizon says healthcare costs have gone through the roof, one of the main reasons for the changes the company wishes to implement.
Verizon is also looking to get rid of a rule which would prevent employees from working away from home for extended periods of time, which in essence allows them to separate a worker from their family for lengthy periods of time and includes overseas travel.
Verizon was prepared for a possible strike and has been training thousands of non-union workers to replace those on strike, ensuring they will continue to serve their customers.
RUSSIAN FIGHTER JETS TAUNTING US DESTROYER
The USS Donald Cook was in the Baltic Sea when two Russian jets flew extremely close and halted flights on the Donald Cook. One of the jets reportedly flew within 75 feet of the ships superstructure.
There was also a Polish helicopter on board the US ship performing routine practice flights. All flights from the USS Donald Cook had to be halted at one point because the Russian jets were flying at unsafe distances and it is reported by CNN that, even though the jets weapons were not used, they were flying in attack patterns.
Military officials are discussing if Russia was not trying to send a message to the US, but to Poland because of the presence of Polish military craft on board.
The US Navy is considering filing a formal complaint to Moscow.
VOICE OF FAMOUS CEREAL MASCOT PASSES AWAY
Arthur Anderson voiced Lucky the leprechaun between 1963 and 1992.
He passed away at the age of 93.
Anderson had a successful career before becoming the voice of Lucky. He starred on Broadway productions and even worked with Orson Welles.
He is survived by his daughter Amy.
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