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AT&T laying off thousands, closing 250 retail stores
- AT&T is laying off thousands of employees across a variety of departments.
- Those affected will get severance pay and company-provided healthcare.
- Many of the retail employees will be offered new jobs within AT&T.
AT&T is closing close to 250 of its retail stores and laying off thousands of employees as it deals with a struggling market due to COVID-19 and other factors. The cuts will hit retail hard. AT&T will also layoff managers, executives, and close to 3,400 technicians and clerical workers.
In a statement to Axios, the mobile carrier explained:
As a result, there will be targeted, but sizable reductions in our workforce across executives, managers and union-represented employees, consistent with our previously announced transformation initiative. Additionally, we’ll be eliminating more non-payroll workers — the vast majority of which are outside the United States — than we are managers or union-represented employees.
The news of the AT&T layoffs comes right after T-Mobile announced a massive round of layoffs for Sprint employees. These layoffs could be just the beginning as the economy attempts to rebound from the effects of the coronavirus.
Approximately 1,300 retail jobs are affected by the cuts. This includes AT&T stores and the company’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless. However, of those affected, AT&T says most will be offered another job within the organization.
While the company didn’t provide an exact number of layoffs, it did say the cuts would be “sizable.”
It looks like AT&T is trying to take care of the workers it’s laying off, as the company said those impacted will get severance pay and six months of company-provided healthcare.