question for Nathan

Eric Beck rayrena at
Tue Aug 22 11:59:56 PDT 2000

Today's New York Times said this, in passing, in its "news analysis" of the Verizon strike (which mostly shrugs off the importance of the agreement):

"The expedited organizing that Verizon agreed to covers only a quarter of the wireless unit employees."

I assume the writer is talking about the card-check provision. I haven't been able to find anything on the IBEW, CWA, or Verizon websites that confirms or denies this. Is this true, or is he being obfuscatory? If it is true, why only a quarter? And could the union have done better?


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