Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off their jobs Wednesday, union officials said.
Workers from Massachusetts to Virginia began their strike at 6:00 a.m. ET, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) said in a statement.
"Our families and our customers deserve more from Verizon," said Isaac Collazo, a technician and CWA member who has worked at Verizon for 19 years.
"Through our hard work, Verizon is making record profits while our families are left with threats to our jobs and our customers aren't getting the service they need. Striking is a hardship for our families, but we need to remind Verizon executives that the people who build their profits are a critical reason for the company's success.