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GTE WORKERS SEND JOB SECURITY MESSAGE TO COMPANY'S ANNUAL MEETING

GTE WORKERS SEND JOB SECURITY MESSAGE TO COMPANY'S ANNUAL MEETING
 WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of GTE employees and family members sent a message to the company's annual meeting today, delivered in the form of proxy shares brought by Communications Workers of America Vice President T.O. Moses, who addressed the meeting on their behalf.
 Moses spoke to the contradictions between GTE's stated desire to provide quality service and their "abysmal" treatment of employees, the people who must provide that service to the customers:
 "Quality employers do not tell their employees in one breath that 'we are all in this boat together' while granting its top 41 officers golden parachutes for a 'change in control' situation, then in the next breath treat the employees like disposable diapers to be tossed aside after being used.
 "Quality employers do not replace a work force that is qualified, dedicated, active, loyal and responsive with a host of gypsy outside vendors who hold no commitment or loyalty to the company, the customer, or the community where they are replacing regular employees.
 "A quality employer does not deplete the tax base of a community by transferring jobs en masse to other locations without considering and working for alternative solutions to maintain a work force in those communities.
 "A quality employer in one breath does not proclaim its employees are the company most valued asset, that they value their input, then in the next breath announce a Process Re-Engineering Strategy that excludes the employee body and its representatives from participating in meaningful decisions that will not only impact the company's future, but theirs as well."
 Negotiations for a new three-year contract with GTE Southwest began on Tuesday, March 31, 1992, in Irving, Texas, and talks with GTE Iowa-Nebraska begin later this month. These are the first of several rounds of negotiations to be held in 1992 and 1993 with GTE, for new contracts covering a total of about 30,000 union-represented workers nationwide.
 GTE, the largest U.S. telephone holding company, is a financially strong, growing, successful corporation. In 1991, GTE saw significant increases in profits, revenues, return to shareholders, productivity, and acquired new assets. GTE paid $945 million for a share of the Venezuelan phone company in 1991, and consummated a $6.2 billion merger with Contel. Profitability per employee is estimated to exceed $35,000 per worker in 1991.
 GTE's telephone operations are the key to the company's success, providing an overwhelming share (85 percent) of their profits.
 "Our members, whose hard work has made millions for GTE, deserve a fair contract that protects their standard of living and ensures employment security now and in the future," Moses stated.
 CWA represents over 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing, publishing, media, health care, and the public sector in the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller or Gaye Williams Mack, 202-434-1172, or Ben Turn, 214-637-0173, all of the Communications Workers of America/
 (GTE) CO: Communications Workers of America; GTE ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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