Striking Verizon workers protest at CEO's Mendham home

MENDHAM - (AP) - Hundreds of Verizon workers held acandlelight vigil Thursday outside their CEO's New Jersey home toprotest benefits cuts.

They carried American flags and chanted "What's disgusting?Union busting" outside Lowell McAdam's Mendham residence. Policesay the protest was peaceful and without incident.

About 45,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginiawalked off the job Aug. 7.

The Communications Workers of America and the InternationalBrotherhood of Electrical Workers are fighting Verizon's call for apension freeze and for contributions to health insurance premiums,among other things.

Verizon Communications Inc. says it wants to change benefitsthat date from a time when the telecommunications marketplace wasless competitive and landlines were ubiquitous.

The company has obtained court injunctions in New Jersey, NewYork, Pennsylvania and Delaware to limit picketing.

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