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A strike Sunday by some 45,000 workers at Verizon Communications Inc. marked a surprise move from diminished unions in a shrinking industry.
A quick resolution appeared unlikely as the two sides remained far apart. The unions seem to be digging in for a battle to protect what they said are 50 years of collective-bargaining gains.
"This is not going to be easy, but this is about middle-class jobs," said James Tate, 42 years old, a Communications Workers of America technician in New York.
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