Tuesday, January 29, 2019

AT&T started laying off employees in 'legacy parts of the business' on Monday - Business Insider

AT&T started laying off employees in "legacy parts of the business" on Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter.

AT&T declined to share official layoff figures or name the parts of the company impacted when contacted by Business Insider.

On TheLayoff.com, 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 Communications Workers of America told a different story. Its analysis said AT&T eliminated 10,700 union jobs across its business in 2018.

If you have any thoughts or information on layoffs at AT&T, contact ajackson@businessinsider.com.



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