Verizon slashing 13,000 jobs, VEC helps workers

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The unemployment line just got longer. Verizon Communication Inc. is slashing another 13,000 jobs this year and it's hitting home for many workers in the Richmond Metro area.

Eleven local Verizon workers will lose their jobs, Friday, and more than a hundred technicians with will either have to transfer quickly to another state or be left behind collecting unemployment.

For many of these guys, life just got a lot tougher.

"I've got a house, my first time buying a house," said Ricky Andres whose worked for Verizon five years. "We just bought a car last summer, I've got a two year old at home, almost two and a wife, and that's a huge burden right there."

The Virginia Employment Commission is staying busy making house calls. Work Force manager, William Walton met with a group of soon to be unemployed Verizon technicians.

"We do this because there is a need," said Walton. "Certainly people are coming to our local office sites and they're very much busy these days so when we can we try to come out to the community to address groups all at one time."

VEC just opened up a re-employment office last month for those collecting unemployment benefits. It's on the corner of West Marshall and Summit. There you'll find computers with internet, fax machines, and copiers.

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