Verizon sues workers union claiming harassment, sabotage

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NEW YORK — Verizon says striking workers have taken their demonstrations too far, and the telecommunications company is suing in five Eastern states to limit picketing and stop what it claims is harassment, possible sabotage and blocking access to its facilities.

Verizon workers picket outside one of the company’s central offices Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Philadelphia.

The company sued Communications Workers of America leaders Wednesday in New York and got a court order Monday in Pennsylvania.
A Verizon Communication Inc. spokesman says the company got a similar order Wednesday in Delaware and has legal action going in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
A union spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a phone call Wednesday. The union has said it doesn’t condone illegal activity.
Some 45,000 Verizon landline workers struck Sunday from Massachusetts to Virginia.
The New York-based company says managers have filled in for the striking workers.

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