Verizon swings layoff axe in New York

Verizon is keeping its promise that it would hand out another set of pink slips, and one of its first targets in this process is the Long Island area of New York. This follows an announcement made in July that the company would lay off another 8,000 employees this year--a result of declining revenues in its traditional wireline business. Some of the first to go in this process are Long Island-based wireline union workers.

Not surprisingly, these workers aren't happy about it. To make their feelings known, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1108 in Suffolk, NY were on hand to protest the cutting of 126 Long Island employees that were let go this Wednesday. Specifically, 54 employees were cut in Suffolk and 72 in Nassau, New York.

John Bonomo, a Verizon spokesperson, said the ILEC offered either voluntary buyouts or the option to apply for similar jobs in other nearby states.

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