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April 15, 2016

Judge: Only 6 spaced strikers at once outside Pennsylvania Verizon offices

A judge signed an injunction in the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday pertaining to the ongoing Verizon workers’ strike that states no more than six spaced picketers can stand outside Pennsylvania Verizon office entrances at a given time, reports.

The fact that the picketers must be "spaced" implies that they cannot hold hands or stand arm-in-arm, which could block the passage of non-unionized Verizon managers who must continue to gain entrance to their workplace, reports.

The injunction reportedly extends throughout Pennsylvania, with a separate, similar injunction issued in Delaware.

About 39,000 union workers have been on strike since Wednesday morning after months of failed negotiations to reach a new contract and with no talks planned to date.

They are represented by Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and staff Verizon facilities in nine states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 

They work in the company's wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service, and have been working without a contract since Aug. 1. Negotiations began in June.

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