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Claims of Sabotage in Verizon Strike



    Claims of Sabotage in Verizon Strike
    FILE-In this Oct. 30, 2006, file photo, a Verizon Wireless store sign is seen in a Portland, Ore. More than 35,000 unionized Verizon Communications workers from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. could go on strike after midnight Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, if the two sides fail to reach an agreement on a new labor contract. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

    The strike by thousands of employees of Verizon Communications Inc.'s landline division has led to some accusations of illegal activity, and at least half a dozen arrests.

    Verizon says workers engaged in illegal picketing Monday by blocking nonunion employees from accessing company facilities.

    Police in Baltimore County, Md., say six striking workers were arrested Monday morning for blocking the driveway of a facility in Randallstown.

    Verizon also claims to have found and repaired a dozen acts of sabotage. The company says fiber-optic cables were deliberately cut in 10 locations, including Bel Air, Md.

    A spokesman for the Communications Workers of America says he's not aware of any untoward activity by union members and says striking workers are given specific instructions about permissible activities.