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BELL ATLANTIC UPDATES APRIL ANNOUNCEMENT, PLANS TO REDUCE WORK FORCE BY 3,450

 BELL ATLANTIC UPDATES APRIL ANNOUNCEMENT,
 PLANS TO REDUCE WORK FORCE BY 3,450
 ARLINGTON, Va., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic has notified the leadership of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), that it plans to downsize its work force by 3,450 by the end of the year.
 This updated figure is less than the 4,000 to 6,000 estimates that had appeared in April when the company first announced that further downsizing was under consideration.
 "The Bell Atlantic telephone companies face competition in every phase of our business except residential dial tone -- and competition for dial tone is coming in short order," said Charlie Crist, Bell Atlantic vice president of human resources. "Bell Atlantic has done -- and will continue to do -- what's needed to be competitive today and in the future, including reducing work force. To date we've accomplished downsizing via voluntary means, and we will make every effort to continue to use voluntary means in the future."
 Specific mechanisms for accomplishing downsizing for associate employees will be added to the current contract negotiations between the Bell Atlantic companies, CWA and IBEW, which began June 22. The existing contracts expire midnight, Aug. 8.
 Since 1984, Bell Atlantic has already eliminated more than 12,000 management and associate jobs in its telephone network subsidiaries, using voluntary means in all instances. Most recently, 3,200 managers left the business under an early retirement plan in December 1991.
 About 7,000 network management jobs have been eliminated since 1984. During that same period about 6,000 associates jobs have been eliminated with downsizing accomplished via attrition or under provisions of the existing collective bargaining agreements.
 Bell Atlantic employs about 75,700 workers. More than 67,000 employees are with the network companies, including nearly 51,000 union workers. The CWA represents approximately 40,100 associates and the IBEW represents about 10,800 associates. Some 370 associates are not represented by a union. The network companies employ more than 16,100 managers and professionals.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Plumb, 703-974-5446; or Jay Grossman, 215-963-6521, both of Bell Atlantic/
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