I didn't say they connected to Verizon switches. They connect from the cell tower to their own switches via Verizon facilities. They lease ds3 and optical circuits from Verizon to do so.
Verizon has been firing bosses pretty aggressively since the last strike in 2012. The cell towers are linked back to their switches through circuits that are indeed provisioned and maintained by CWA technicians.
Yeah the wire line side bears all the expenses to make the other products look more profitable. That has been going on for years, even decades now.
Most of the management that came up through the ranks has retired or been fired. Now VZ has a management team that is former retail, bankers, straight out of college, etc. The knowledge that they have is not going to fix those cell towers. VZ cannot afford a strike.
Sentiment: Strong Sell