CenturyLink to Lay Off More Union Workers in 8 States

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More than 100 union-represented CenturyLink technicians in eight states will lose their jobs this summer.

The Denver Post reported this week that Monroe, La.,-based CenturyLink will lay off 107 network- and equipment-installation technicians by early July.  

The cuts will take place in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

CenturyLink alerted the Communications Workers of America District 7 in a letter, stating the need to "balance workforce with current and anticipated work volumes."

"This certainly isn't a decision that we came to lightly. It never is," Mark Molzen, a CenturyLink spokesman, told The Denver Post on Thursday. "We are continually evaluating our cost structures, our business practices and, from time to time, we adjust our operations to meet the needs of the business."

CenturyLink bought Denver-based Qwest in 2011 and, since then, has continued to reduce the number of union-represented workers among its ranks, The Denver Post reported. At the end of 2011, CenturyLink employed 20,000 union members; those numbers dropped to 18,000 in 2012.

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