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    catilinus, suzq

    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.

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