The union thugs have cut at least 100 fiber optic lines along the East Coast.
(NYP) — The NYPD is using crucial anti-terror resources to protect Verizon workers and equipment during a massive strike against the telecom giant, The Post has learned.
The short-staffed department, already stretched thin in all five boroughs, is monitoring Verizon garages and following its trucks with cops from all over the city, including members of the Critical Response anti-terrorism units.
“We have to follow Verizon trucks all day,” said one disgruntled officer. “Why don’t they have private security? Why are police being used to help a private company?”
About 45,000 Verizon workers, from Massachusetts to Virginia, went on strike last Sunday after negotiations broke down between union and company negotiators.
The workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
At issue is Verizon’s demand for more than 100 concessions regarding health care, pensions and work rules.
Verizon said it needs the cuts in the wake of its declining landline business in the wireless era.
A police spokeswoman said the anti-terror resource was “deployed to protect any city infrastructure that may be at risk.”
Striking workers at a facility at West 38th Street and 11th Avenue said managers and other employees driving trucks often get escorted in and out of the parking lot by cops.
“Verizon does have its own private security. I’m not sure why they need the cops. Cops stand there, watching,” said striking worker Luis Santana, 48.
The strike has gotten hostile at some facilities, including in The Bronx, where a striking employee allegedly fired a BB gun at a non-striking worker.
In Manhattan, picketing employees intimidated workers sent to splice a cable and refused to leave when police were called, according to a company legal filing.
In Albany, a striker pushed another worker into scaffolding, the company said.