May 23, 2016 04:23 AM EDT

Verizon Strike 2016 Update: U.S. Congress Urges Protests To End

A recent Verizon strike 2016 update has revealed that the U.S. Congress has urged the protests to end. This comes after the Obama Administration stepped in to help with negotiations.

Hoboken Patch's Verizon strike 2016 update reported that 88 U.S. Congress members have issued a plea for both parties to end the rift. The strike has just passed its fifth week.

On Apr. 13, nearly 40,000 workers joined the Verizon strike 2016. The number has not dwindled and the employees still continue their protest efforts currently.

"We applaud Verizon's success and its ability to be profitable throughout the changes that have taken place in the telecommunications industry, but are deeply concerned about the ongoing Verizon strike," U.S. Congress said in a statement issued on Thursday. "We are troubled that the lack of a negotiated labor agreement could increase the likelihood that good jobs will be offshored to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations overseas or outsourced to low-wage, non-union domestic contractors."

"We urge the parties to negotiate in good faith and agree to a fair contract. We firmly believe it is in the public interest to protect middle class jobs, reduce outsourcing and offshoring, and ensure high quality telecommunications services to the public."

According to Liberation News, workers who joined the Verizon strike 2016 explained that they want to keep their jobs. They want the company to stop outsourcing work to Mexico, Philippines and India.

Moreover, the company has also demanded workers to go to maintenance assignments that are about 100 miles away from their homes. This means that the employee needs to drive for about four hours but Verizon reportedly refuses to pay for that time.

"I believe this is going to be an opening for the working class," a source said. "We need to stand our ground and keep fighting. Our action here at Verizon is not just for Verizon workers but it is for the whole working class."

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