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Verizon closing Greensburg office; staff can transfer

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Verizon is closing its office on Seton Hill Drive in Greensburg, and officials are giving workers the option of transferring to company sites in Allegheny County, a company spokesman said.

Most of the approximately 200 employees who work at the Greensburg office will move in late November, spokesman Lee Gierczynski said.

“As part of our corporate strategy, we are continuing to review office-space needs across the operations,” Gierczynski said. “The goal is to operate efficiently, moving employees when it makes sense to have groups combine, and take advantage of our existing real estate buildings.”

Over the past few weeks, several of the employees said they had been offered jobs at Verizon sites in downtown Pittsburgh and other parts of Allegheny County. They declined further comment.

Many of the employees work in customer sales and service.

The transfers will be completed by the end of the year, when Verizon officials plan to put the building up for sale, Gierczynski said.

A few workers already have transferred.

“We're hoping that we can fill that building again,” Greensburg Mayor Ron Silvis said. “We'll do everything we can to get another tenant in there.”

Greensburg receives about $31,000 a year from Verizon employees for leases on parking spots and $10,400 in the Local Services Tax, which goes to the city for police, fire and other needs, city administrator Sue Trout said.

“I'm concerned, but I'm hoping it will be short term,” she added.

Trout anticipates Seton Hill University will need downtown parking spaces for the performing arts center and a visual arts center that is under construction.

Andrew Miller, western region vice president of the Communications Workers of America, based in Pittsburgh, said he is disappointed by the transfers, but Verizon can make them under the current employee contract. His union represents about 70 of the employees, many of whom live in the Greensburg area, he said.

A handful of Verizon workers already have canceled their leased parking spaces on Seton Hill Drive, said Bob Charley, parking facilities manager.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 orbstiles@tribweb.com.

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