Verizon Slashes Jobs, Blames Dwindling Landline Numbers

As technology continues to make landlines more and more of a rarity, Verizon is dumping 336 employees in New Jersey. All of those being let go maintain traditional copper wire networks.

"A little more than 10 years ago, Verizon served between 6.7 to 6.8 million phone lines in New Jersey," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski in an interview with "Today, the company serves 2.5 million phone lines … this is how the telecommunications industry has evolved in the last 10 years."

Within the next 21 to 60 days, workers based in Boonton, Plainfield, Freehold, Ewing, and Egg Harbor will be cut from the payroll, leaving only 20 employees in the Verizon Connected Solutions Unit, Gierczynski said.

Verizon says the rest of its New Jersey employees need not fear they’re done cutting for now.

There is some disagreement, however, on the motives behind the layoffs. The IBEW, which represents 5,800 New Jersey workers at Verizon, thinks last summer’s strike and continuing dispute over contract details might have something to do with it.

"… they most certainly were part of the strike," said Ed Cocliff, an IBEW business agent who said he is currently working on their contract, in the report. "Weve been in negotiations since June of last year for a contract, and [those being laid off] were on strike with everybody else, yes."

Verizon denied the charge, saying that nobody currently involved in contract negotiations is being let go.

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