Williams Communication employees attend company-wide meeting

Wednesday, April 24th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A day after they announced bankruptcy, Williams Communications has rallied the troops.

A company-wide meeting was held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Wednesday. News on Six reporter Steve Berg talked with workers before and after the meeting. We of course can't know how "every" worker feels, but many we talked with are very optimistic. That's on and off camera.

Several hundred workers went into the meeting Wednesday. They described it as very upbeat. They said CEO Howard Janzen gave them a brief outline of what they plan for the next four months. He believes the company can emerge from bankruptcy in about 120 days. Analysts and employees alike say the company has a strong customer base.

And the employees say they have those all-important tangible assets. Williams Communications employee John Griffin, "We did spend the money to get this network up and running in record time. We brought in the best people around the country and we believe in ourselves and we do believe in the company.”

We asked one analyst why you see so many different predictions about the company's future. He says there are just too many variables right now. For example, it's not even clear yet what the bankruptcy court is going to decide. For some of this, he says we'll just have to wait and see.