The Problems Of A Legacy Business: Verizon's Union Freaks Out That Verizon Wants To Look Forward

from the what-a-shame dept

It's really sad to see some of the struggles that legacy businesses go through in trying to adapt to a more modern world, but not all of it is the fault of those businesses themselves. Look, for example, at what's happening with Verizon. Subsidiary Verizon Wireless -- which is 55% owned by Verizon -- began a marketing campaign pushing people to ditch their landline phone and go completely wireless. That's not a bad marketing campaign (and, in fact, might be a very good marketing campaign these days). So what happens? The union that represents Verizon's landline telco workers flips out and accuses the company of trying to undermine the union by helping Verizon get out of the landline business, so it can get rid of those workers. Seriously. First of all, there's little evidence to suggest that's true. Like most traditional telcos, Verizon still sees its basic landline business as a useful cash cow that I'm sure it intends to milk for as long as possible. Chances are, since VZW is a separate company, the marketing plan had nothing to do with the parent's marketing efforts. But, either way, at some point the company should be pushing customers to ditch landlines and other older technologies and embrace better solutions. Not because it puts old union guys out of work, but because it's where the market is headed.
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Filed Under: landlines, markets, mobile, progress, technology, unions
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  1. identicon
    number_one, 15 Jul 2009 @ 10:42pm

    Re: Say it with me.

    What an idiot you are.

    If I have a business and hire someone to help me I should have absolutely no duty to continue to give them a job if I don't think they are doing their job well enough. Likewise, they have no duty to keep working for me if they want to go somewhere else. This is America, folks. We are supposed to have something called Freedom.

    Unions may have had a place a long time ago before we had laws to protect people from truly being exploited by companies, but those times are long gone. Today we have reams of laws, regulations, and oversight without even taking into account unions. Why the hell would we need another nanny organization on top of the government we already have today?

    Suffice it to say that there is still a hell of a lot of exploitation going on today, but it sure as hell isn't by businesses. Today it's the businesses that are being exploited by fat cat union organizations with the full blessing of socialist idiots in Congress and the White House. And all the while these dirt bags have the audacity to call business executives criminals for paying themselves money from their OWN businesses.

    By the way, how many blue collar workers do you think will have jobs when all the execs are railroaded out of their jobs (just for being execs)? We have different positions, pay grades, and skill levels for a reason. If you think putting the blue collar workers "in charge" is going to help a company then you better get ready to apply for a job real soon at another company that hasn't gone insane.

    Oh, and you think the media has been programming people to hate unions? What planet are you living on? The media can't get enough of demonizing the likes of Wal-mart and other non-union businesses. Sounds like you need to go back to school and get an education, son.

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