The Associated Press reports 45,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. went on strike today after negotiations over a new labor contract failed.
According to the AP, the Communications Workers of America said negotiations with the company in Philadelphia and New York stalled Saturday night.
The AP reports Verizon demanded more than 100 concessions from workers regarding health care, pensions and work rules.
The contract between the 45,000 workers and Verizon expired at midnight. According to the AP, current negotiations began June 22.
A Verizon spokesman told the AP that thousands of managers and other personnel are trained and ready to perform emergency work assignments.