CXM_SplicerLooking at the bigger picturePremium
No, the union has been telling us since the beginning of the FIOS rollout that after it was complete, there was probably going to be layoffs. FIOS was started under Sidenberg and he wasn't half the Wall St. kiss ass that McAdam is. I am sure when FIOS was in the planning stages, Sidenberg was simply expecting to replace the old copper plant with the new technology. Although FIOS requires less maintenance, you still need techs to do installs, repair failed cables, etc. While we knew there would be less techs, no one suspected (at that time) that the company would abandon everything but wireless.
There's no way you're telling me that unions are just catching on to what we have known for the better part of 2 years if not more.
When McAdam took over (the former VZW CEO) and started to completely neglect the copper customers, we knew they were serious about becoming 'all wireless'. Then the news of the cable deal came out and this:
»Goldman Sachs Wants Verizon to Sell All Landline Assets
and we knew the end was a lot closer than anyone expected. The union has been telling people for a while now to take advantage of the Tuition Assistance Program and go to school. They have even made deals with some schools on specific programs, custom tailored courses, etc. So yes, the union has known for quite some time that the phone company was disappearing.
FWIW, I think we have one contract left. They have a deadline they are trying to meet in NYC for FIOS rollout (2014). Right now, they have too many POTS customers on neglected copper to handle without us (they proved that a year ago). When the roll out is done and enough customers have been moved from regulated copper to practically unregulated FIOS, they will simply let the next contract expire and fire everyone. Contractors will have to do the FIOS work, the buildout may even resume. (God help low-bid contractor FIOS! HAHA) Copper will be abandoned here in NYC, other areas fixed LTE maybe? I don't know who they will get to do the business fiber, but I doubt it will be me anymore.