Hmmm...the unions involved in the strike are sending the workers back to work, without re-doing the contract. They say that they are going to continue to negotiate around more focused areas of the dispute, but something doesn't smell right. The article below points out that if the unions continue their strike, the unions will have to start paying strike pay to the strikers, which would cost the union millions of dollars. This money of course will be spent by the unions to buy votes for Obamas election, not to support the striking workers who pay union dues. http://biggovernment.com/laborunionreport/2011/08/20/breaking-verizon-strikers-head-back-to-work-without-new-agreement/ Of course, helping the union leadership buy politicians to keep the leaderships money supply up is the purpose of unions, isn't it?