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  •  NO!!!! (5+ / 0-)
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    Fedallah, NoMoreLies, PeteZerria, Bluefin, suzq

    If you want FIOS, order it now. In my opinion, you're creating a bigger problem for the company by making the managers do real work than you'd cause by a short-lived boycott. Make the tie-wearing boneheads get out there and try to work. They can't. Literally. The sooner the company realizes their network is collapsing under the weight of too many service orders and trouble tickets the sooner the union wins.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 03:55:32 PM PDT

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    •  And if it is delayed (2+ / 0-)
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      call the company every day and harass them for not getting it done promptly.

      Not all those who wander are lost.

      by Leftleaner on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 10:04:35 PM PDT

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    •  NOOOOO. Don't cross a picket line just to (0+ / 0-)

      make the managers inside wait on you...likely it'll be a scab anyways.

      A picket line means don't cross!

      Meteor Blades seems to do an outstanding job of community moderation despite the abject failure to be perfect.

      by catilinus on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 05:23:33 AM PDT

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      •  Let me explain further (2+ / 0-)
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        I feel really strongly about this, and I'm writing as a 25 year employee of AT&T. I'd agree with the notion of not crossing a physical picket line. I wouldn't stay in a hotel, wouldn't eat in a restaurant, whose employees are on strike. But the dynamic is different in a telecom strike.

        A telecommunications network is a living, almost breathing, thing. Individual lines occasionally fail, but without human interaction it'll run undisturbed for a very long time. Verizon managers can run it indefinitely, and Verizon will keep cashing payment checks undisturbed, unless they are challenged with a heavy workload. You can quickly train scabs and managers to make beds and clean hotel rooms in a hotel strike, but the people who make a phone network go are highly skilled with years of on the job training. The scabs and managers at Verizon simply cannot cope. They don't have a snowball's chance in hell....provided that they're challenged with lots of orders for new service, or phone calls, or trouble tickets because someone's got static on their line.

        In a telecom strike, you actually WANT the managers to be busy as hell. There'll be virtually no scabs at this point anyway, since you can't just hire people off the street and train them...unlike in a hotel strike, new employees cannot be trained quickly to do this work.

        I should write a diary about this because I don't think most people understand why a telecom strike is different from a strike anywhere else. Well meaning people are going to make life easier for Verizon management and prolong the strike.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 06:40:41 AM PDT

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