Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Two labor unions say Verizon is trying to unjustly silence its workers regarding a planned sale of its wire line business in West Virginia and 13 other states.
The Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers say Verizon is misinterpreting a federal requirement known as a "quiet period" before a pending sale to limit constitutionally protected free speech.
Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell says the company is simply complying with federal regulations and has no plan to rescind a letter sent to employees, which instructed them, among other things, not to discuss the sale on blogs or web sites.
Verizon plans to sell its wire line business in 14 states to Stamford, Conn.-based Frontier Communications for $8.6 billion.
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