Still Striking

By Haley Burton

Still Striking

August 17, 2011 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) How long will they walk the line?

Bargaining is on-going and the strike continues for some Verizon unionized employees.

Nearly 75 Local Communications Workers of America 1111 workers marched on the Vestal Parkway Wednesday.

45,000 Verizon workers have been on strike since August 7.

"We're looking to get back to work. That's the bottom line. We think the company is extremely profitable. They have every reason to bargain a contract with us. It feels like they are attacking the middle class, not just in Verizon but across the country, sending a message," said Jake Lake, Assistant Vice President for Local CWA 1111.

Local CWA employees say the company is seeking injunctions to limit their picket lines.

"The company is trying to silence us and it's a really a shame because we're standing up for our rights and every worker's rights in America. We really want to get that message out there that we're unified across the Northeast footprint. There's 45,000 of us. We're going to be out here for as long as it takes to get a good contract," said Lake.

The company and CWA can't come to terms on contract issues such as health plans and pension.

The dispute affects Verizon's "wire line" division, not Verizon Wireless.

Binghamton City Council has drafted a resolution in support of the unionized Verizon workers.

They're expected to take action on that resolution at Wednesday night's meeting.