By Cristian SalazarNEW YORK -- Forty-five thousand Verizon Communications Inc. ( VZ) workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., went on strike Sunday after negotiations fizzled over a new labor contract for more than one-fifth of the company's work force. Verizon is the nation's largest wireless carrier, but the contract that expired at midnight Saturday covers workers in the company's wireline division, which includes local-phone operations, services for businesses and governments and long-haul wholesale traffic. > > Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll Talks in Philadelphia and New York stalled Saturday night after Verizon continued to demand more than 100 concessions from workers regarding health care, pensions and work rules, said the Communications Workers of America. CWA workers picketed at Verizon headquarters in New York City on Sunday morning, wearing red and holding signs with messages including "CWA on strike for middle-class jobs."
|Workers picket Sunday in front of Verizon's New York headquarters.|