In just about any industry or business, it is the employee who drives market growth and penetration in the end. The business owner may think they can do everything themselves, but in reality, a solid workforce is needed in order to realize any type of expansion.
Such is the case with Verizon. It was announced late last week that a strike had begun. Even though it was just two days old, Verizon customers were already starting to feel its impact. Especially in the areas of its FiOS internet and television subscribers.
The strike originated because union workers and upper management at Verizon could not reach a consensus on issues which matter most to the employees. This includes items such as healthcare, pensions, and sick leave.
According to Tami Erwin, a group president at Verizon “We do have a bit of a delay . . . We’re working hard with customers to prioritize repair above activations and provisioning because we owe that to our existing customers.” (http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/verizon-wireline-workforce-labor-strike-causing-installation-delays/2016-04-15).
On average, Verizon conducts about 30,000-35,000 installations in a week. However, because of the strike, this statistic has eroded by 30%. Although the strike affects all customers involved, the harshest of the effects of the boycott are being felt in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
Although Verizon claims it has plenty of back up personnel to counter the effects of the strike, other news reports have revealed that it had to deploy well over 20,000 non-union workers. The last major strike that Verizon faced was back in 2011, and resulted in a subscription backlog of over 100,000 based FiOS orders.
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