Verizon claims union workers sabotaged phone lines twice

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Union workers are lashing back at Verizon after the telecommunications company accused workers for the second time this week of sabotaging phone lines while on strike.

Monday, Verizon claimed a fiber optic line was deliberately cut in Pomona.

Now, Verizon spokesman John Bonomo says salt water was poured over cables and the lines were deliberately cut inside a phone service cabinet at Harriman State Park. As a result, Bonomo says phone lines were down at the state park police headquarters in Bear Mountain.

However, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission claims a downed tree on Route 9W in Stony Point was responsible for knocking out service to park police. Secretary-Treasurer Bob Milone, of CWA Local 1107, says Verizon crying sabotage is a company tactic commonly used during a strike.

Meanwhile, dozens of union workers who walked off the job at midnight Sunday continue to strike outside the Verizon wireless store along Route 59 in Nanuet.

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