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Re: Verizon's New Repair Method: Plastic Garbage Bags
From: William Allen Simpson <william.allen.simpson () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:39:15 -0400

On 8/20/12 4:15 PM, R. Benjamin Kessler wrote:
Quality Union work!

Actually, probably *not* union.  And that's the problem!

Remember, Verizon has been "laying off" a lot of "old hands" and
making them become "independent contractors" -- so that it can
hire non-union under-paid workers.

A quick search shows that this has been going on for years:

2001:
  http://news.cnet.com/Verizon-to-lay-off-10,000-workers/2110-1033_3-252215.html

2012:
  http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/04/494469/verizon-layoff-ceo-pay/
  "Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year"

"In 2011, the company’s shareholders saw an 18.8 percent increase in the
value of their returns. Workers, however, have not shared in those gains.
Verizon eliminated 26,000 jobs over a two-year period in 2008 and 2009 —
including 16,000 jobs in 2009 alone — and laid off roughly 13,000 more in 2010."



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