GTE To Cut Jobs, Reorganize Irving-Based Telops Unit
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ GTE Telephone Operations will fire 1,000 employees and eliminate 1,600 vacant positions as part of its efforts to streamline management and save money, the company said.
GTE Telephone said Friday the cuts would not affect union employees, including operators, repair workers and other customer service jobs.
The management firings will start this month. ″These jobs are going away, and people who lose these jobs will not be subject to recall,″ said spokesman John Wallace.
Increased competition and deregulation forced GTE to re-examine its operations last year, the company said.
The company began the year with about 81,000 employees. By June, 6,267 had left voluntarily or retired early, but the company said that was not enough to meet its cost-cutting goals.
Wallace said it’s unclear how much money the reductions would save.
Employees learned of the job cuts Friday in a 10-minute videotaped message from Telephone Operations president Kent Foster. The message was beamed to the company’s plants across the country.
The Irving-based telephone unit is the largest part of GTE Corp.