- AT&T started laying off employees on Monday.
- The cuts primarily impacted „legacy parts of the business,“ according to a source familiar with the matter.
- AT&T eliminated 10,700 union jobs across its business in 2018, according to the Communications Workers of America.
On TheLayoff.com, a website where employees post information about such notices, there were multiple references to staff cuts in AT&T Technology and Operations. Earlier in January, Motherboard reported that layoffs would be „significant,“ citing an internal document.
The cuts are consistent with staffing changes made in the past, according to a source familiar with the matter. There are some areas where demand for legacy services continues to decline, and the company must adjust workforce numbers, the source said.
„We are hiring to meet the needs of the growth areas of our business,“ a spokesperson for AT&T wrote in a statement to Business Insider. „In fact, we hired more than 20,000 new employees last year and more than 17,000 the year before. In cases where we do have to adjust our workforce, we take steps to lessen the effect on employees.“
An annual report by the Communications Workers of America told a different story. Its analysis said AT&T eliminated 10,700 union jobs across its business in 2018.
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Source: Business insider