THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
THE VERIZON STRIKE

Focus on real issues

August 16, 2011

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LAWRENCE HARMON writes about incidents of sabotage by striking Verizon workers, but he should pay attention to management, too (“Sabotage, violence do union no good,’’ Op-ed, Aug. 12). See if managers walk through picket lines and bump someone intentionally. See if they get a truck or company car right up on picketers. Mischief goes both ways.

As for the sabotage, unfortunately there are also idiots in the union. Most get caught, and get what they deserve. The majority of union members do not like their actions at all. Ask them!

Meanwhile, the Globe hasn’t had as much to say about the possibility of Verizon workers losing benefits and job protections. My benefits as a Verizon retiree are in jeopardy also. More attention should be paid to what the strike is all about. Yes, problems caused by a few people have happened - and may again. I guess it makes good headlines to focus on them, instead of the issues at stake.

Glenn Jackson, South Yarmouth