UNION, NJ – About 7 Verizon workers picketed outside the Verizon store at 2490 Route 22 this afternoon as some motorists travelling westbound honked their horns.

Nearly 40,000 CWA and IBEW   workers are holding the line of a strike that began last Wednesday at 6 a.m., as tensions between management and employees over off-shoring, pay, and benefits remain high.

While none of those on the picket line would speak with Tap into Union, according to the Communication Worker’s of America website, Verizon officials have been pushing to offshore more jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, close call centers, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for up to four months at a time.