On day five of a union strike, discussions continue between Verizon and the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The discussions are being held in Rye Brook, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa.
Since Aug. 6, Verizon crews have encountered more than 90 acts of sabotage against network facilities, according to the company. These acts temporarily affected service to thousands of customers across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including police stations and other emergency responders. In most of these cases, crews restored service within 24 hours.
The company is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including the local New Jersey field office, to investigate these acts of sabotage. The company also is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals who intentionally damage Verizon cables or facilities or cause or attempt to cause physical injury to any Verizon employee or contractor.