Verizon wins injunction against NJ picketers

AP News
Posted: Aug 12, 2011 2:47 PM
Verizon wins injunction against NJ picketers

Verizon has won another court order that limits picketing by striking union workers _ this time in New Jersey.

About 45,000 Verizon landline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike Sunday, fighting management demands for contract givebacks.

Company spokesman Rich Young said Verizon asked a New Jersey Superior Court judge for the injunction, after the company says it received numerous reports of sabotage, harassment and obstruction at its facilities. The judge granted the request Thursday night.

Based in New York City, Verizon has previously won injunctions in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. It was seeking an order Friday in Massachusetts. A spokeswoman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 827 declined to comment.