Philly phone company cuts New York workers

Alteva, the Center City-based, publicly-traded phone and computer services company, says it will lay off 20% of the workers at its Warwick Valley Telephone Co. affiliate, which has provided local wire-based phone connections in part of the mid-Hudson Valley area of New York State since 1902.

Alteva employed a total of 145 at the end of the last fiscal year, including 40 union electricians (IBEW) and additional non-union workers and bosses in Warwick. Alteva's Philadelphia-based "Unified Communications" unit, which connects businesses to Internet voice and data services, wont be affected, the company said. (Corrected)

"We believe that this reduction in staff is necessary as we further integrate our resources and align the business," chief executive David Cuthbert said in a statement. He thanked the fired workers for their "years of great service" and "their contributions to Alteva's success."

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