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CWA President Shelton, N.Y. Governor Cuomo Blast Verizon for Wireless Layoffs

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CWA President Chris Shelton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed Verizon Communications for the Verizon Wireless layoffs the company announced.

Cuomo's office said the closing of two call centers in New York as part of a nationwide consolidation plan is "an egregious example of corporate abuse – among the worst we have witnessed."

Shelton said Verizon was exhibiting "corporate greed at its worst" by closing call centers and laying off 3,200 retail store workers. He pledged that CWA will keep up the fight against "very greedy" Verizon and will continue to work with Verizon Wireless workers for the union voice they want and so clearly need.

In addition to the store layoffs, Verizon is closing seven call centers affecting thousands of workers in Henrietta and Orangeburg, NY; Bangor, Maine; Lincoln, Nebraska; Wallingford and Meriden, Conn., and Rancho Cordova, Calif.

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