October 26, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Verizon is closing jobs across five states in the U.S., resulting in the the loss of over 3,200 jobs.The call centers closures will come in California, Connecticut, Maine, Nebraska and New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson Rich Azzopardi described Verizon’s decision as “astounding” and “reckless.”
A Verizon spokeswoman confirmed the plans for the reduction of their workforce. “Nationwide, about 3,200 employees will be encouraged to seek other positions within the company, relocate with company assistance to similar positions among one of our other Customer Service call centers, or accept a severance package,” the spokeswoman said in an email.
Nearly 40,000 Verizon wireline workers went on strike in April this year. At the time, the CWA cited concerns about Verizon outsourcing and offshoring more jobs. The strike lasted through the end of May.