Verizon offering $50k reward for information in connection to sabotaged lines

By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - 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, sabotage and blocking access to its facilities.

The company sued Communications Workers of America leaders Wednesday and obtained injunctions that prevent intimidation and illegal blocking of facilities in Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania. Similar action is pending in both New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Verizon is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone who intentionally damages company equipment or attempts to injure an employee or contractor. They're asking anyone who witnesses sabotage of Verizon property to call 911 first and then the Verizon Security Control Center at 1-800-997-3287.

A union spokeswoman didn't immediately return a phone call Wednesday. The union has said it doesn't condone any illegal activity.

Some 45,000 Verizon landline workers struck Sunday from Massachusetts to Virginia. Talks aimed at ending the walkout continued Thursday in both New York and Pennsylvania.

The New York-based company says managers have been filling in for the striking workers.

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