Numerous Verizon workers protested potential cuts to their salaries and benefits in front of company buildings in Levittown and Bethpage on Friday.
The workers are upset with the company's proposed cutbacks, which they consider part of an attack on the middle class. They also say that Verizon's large profits and stable stock prices show that the company does not need the proposed cuts.
A statement released by Communications Workers of America Local 1104 stated the company is seeking $1 billion in concessions from its employees.
Verizon's media relations director, John Bonomo, said the company doesn't expect any disruption in its field and telephone-based customer service departments.
Bonomo said it began hiring retirees and training managers to fill those roles when the unions first announced their strike plans a few weeks ago.
"We implemented that plan on Sunday after the two unions called a strike and inconvenienced our customers," he said.
Bonomo said the company is still answering repair calls, performing installations and taking orders, though he admitted the scope of the strike on Long Island is far-reaching, with Verizon garages throughout the region.