Union Opposes Preferential Treatment for Verizon

BURNABY, BC, Aug. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU), 
representing TELUS and Shaw workers across Canada, opposes the federal 
government's plan to hand Verizon Communications Inc. a windfall entry into 
Canada's telecommunications sector. 
"Tempting voters with the lure of cheaper cell phone bills seems to be Mr. 
Harper's plan, but it's a mirage. There is no guarantee of lower prices. It is 
a complete manipulation of the Canadian public." says TWU National President 
Lee Riggs. 
"Instead, Verizon will be able to easily swing into the lucrative urban 
markets, ignore rural communities and Canadian consumers and workers will be 
no further ahead," says Riggs. 
"Our members have built a national network from coast to coast to coast and 
they work hard every day to provide Canadians across this country with quality 
service. But to have a government policy that gives Verizon preferential terms 
to enter the Canadian wireless market and lets it piggyback on the networks 
that our members have built just doesn't make sense." says Riggs. 
"Telecommunications plays an important and vital role in Canada's economic 
development and the federal government should think very carefully before 
allowing such sweeping changes in Canada's telecommunications sector," says 
"Verizon is not some little start-up. It is more than three times the size of 
TELUS, Rogers and Bell combined, but for some reason the Harper government 
still wants to give it a free ride. Canadians should be gravely concerned 
about the potential devastating impact this type of flawed government policy 
can have on Canadian consumers, workers, their families and their 
communities," says Riggs. 
About Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) 
The Telecommunications Workers Union represents 12,800 members working in 
telecommunications, cable TV and call centre locations in Canada. 
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SOURCE  Telecommunications Workers Union 
Lee Riggs 604 437 8601 TWU National President 
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