AT&T® Lays Off 700 DirecTV Installers

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It was recently that the AT&T® CEO declared addition of 7,000 new job vacancies, linked to the corporate tax breaks and upcoming Christmas holidays. However, they have now confirmed the layoff of about 700 DirecTV® installers. The layoffs were first reported by the New York Post and affect many areas across the national footprint of DirecTV® services.

“We’re adding people in many areas where we’re seeing increased customer demand for products and services, and we’re adjusting our workforce in some other areas as we continue to align our workforce with the changing needs of the business. This includes some premises technicians jobs,” an AT&T® spokesman said.

“We’ll work to find other AT&T® jobs for as many affected employees as possible and hope that many will stay with us,” the spokesman added. “We adjust our workforce based on changing market dynamics, which vary from region to region. In some regions, we are hiring these same resources and many of the affected employees have the opportunity to transfer to those locations. Those who are unable to find another job with the company will receive severance benefits.”

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AT&T® is one of the best internet providers of the country and added that they “still have thousands more premises technicians than we did two years ago.” In the opinion of experts, the move from AT&T® is an efficient reorganization of their resources. However, the timing and optics of the move might not appear optimal to many. For one, it appeared that the employees were notified of the job losses only recently. “Merry Christmas, here’s your pink slip,” said one laid-off worker to the New York Post.

AT&T® CEO Randall Stephenson has been one of the biggest proponents of a Republican corporate tax rollback, which can be described as polarizing from a public reaction perspective. “If you saw tax rates move to 20-25%, we know what we would do. We would step up our investment rate,” Stephenson had told investors earlier. However, this move from AT&T® has led to many discussions among the various internet providers of the country. Only time will tell if any other service provider follows the path of AT&T® and lays off their surplus employees.

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