reply to Crookshanks
Re: The unions will probably try to take over VZW Crookshanks you need a little history lesson.
"The paradigm has since changed and the telephone company actually has to be competitive in order to survive"
The TPC has to be competive because they themselves lobbied and spent millions of dollars to open themselves up to competition.
They DIDNT have to do that. But they did, and they made deals with the unions (job security, future work) etc so that they would have additional support rather then an opposition to this grand plan of theirs.
The cable companies didnt spend a dime to lobby about telephone service, they sat back and watched the former bell companies do it. In fact Im pretty sure they were nervous at the time (as the phone companies were cash cow postive cash flows and cable in most parts was still paying off their plants).
In fact Verizon and AT&T had to lobby to get into the CABLE business, as cable tv was not and open and competive market (dont count satellite they dont have an outside plant)
So the same companies that spent millions to INVITE competition in, had to spend MILLIONS to create competition with cable.. What an Irony!
Now they want to cry about competition and revenue and such.. I call bullshit. They didnt pay themselves any less after competition came into play, in fact they have gotten much bigger after mergers and the upper management of these companies have done TREMENDOUSLY well for themselves.
They have also moved into new lines of business and generate more revenue streams.
These moves they are doing now is union busting, thats it.
They see a chance to grab more money for themselves and they are making their play.
All this is happening when they have LESS employees then they have ever had.. They kept the unions out of wireless despite a nuetrality agreement that they failed to honor thru backdoor channels.
In fact, I bet they could give EACH union employee 1 million dollars to leave tomorrow and still be a money making cash cow fortune 100 company.