Union set to fight if Verizon sells units
By Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Herald General Economics Reporter
Thursday, May 11, 2006
A union representing thousands of Verizon workers is vowing a major fight if the giant telecom company tries to sell off its phone-line businesses in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Calling such a sale a “form of rural redlining,” a spokesman for the Communications Workers of America said Verizon is trying to unload operations in sparsely populated states rather than invest in new fiber-optic lines in those areas.
“This is going to trigger quite a controversy,” said CWA spokesman Steve Early, noting that selling phone lines to smaller companies would hurt both consumers and union members.
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