Negotiations under way in Verizon strike

(AP) - Labor and management representatives say VerizonCommunication Inc. negotiators are meeting in New York.Candice Johnson of the Communication Workers of America andVerizon's Richard Young

NEW YORK - (AP) - Labor and management representatives say VerizonCommunication Inc. negotiators are meeting in New York.

Candice Johnson of the Communication Workers of America andVerizon's Richard Young had no immediate word on progress towardsettling a strike that was in its second day Monday.

Thousands of Verizon landline workers took to picket linesMonday from Massachusetts to Virginia. They are resistingmanagement proposals that would freeze the workers' pensions andhave them contribute to health care premiums.

Verizon also says there were at least 12 acts of sabotageagainst the company, including fiber-optic lines being cut. It saysthe damage affected phone, Internet and TV service in Maryland,Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

Johnson says alleging sabotage is a management tactic.

Verizon workers hit picket lines for second day

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