How To Tell You're About To Get Screwed

Driving home I heard an ad from Verizon talking about how wonderful the pay and benefits are at Verizon. They call out the average annual salary and benefits as $75,000 dollars. They note that they are diligently negotiating a new contract with the Communication Workers of America union. Sounds like the CWA is about to get screwed…

This is clearly an attempt to portray the CWA and their membership as overpaid already, so when the news comes out that Verizon is demanding pay and/or benefits cuts they will not have our sympathies. This ad was the first I’ve heard of this little labor dispute, but my guess is that when your company spends that kind of money on a media blitz a strike is in your future.

Update: The Boston Herald has an article about the ads from both sides.

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