In April of 2016, 36,000 Verizon union member employees that were part of its wireline business went on strike. The union members were upset about Verizon jobs being transferred overseas and overall cost cutting measures being implemented while the company was posting significant profits.
Since Verizon provides much needed home and business telephone service, the company had to bring in a temporary workforce to fill the roles of the striking workers. Given the magnitude of the temporary workforce, you can imagine the labor costs involved in such an exercise for Verizon. Assuming the striking workers were not entitled to pay when they weren’t working, how do you expect that the strike will impact the company’s wage expense? What standard cost variances might be impacted by this event?
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