2017 Job Cuts Hit Telecom Co. Hard
Telecom company Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ:FTR) looks to potentially cut an additional 80 more workers should its latest buyout efforts fall short as Frontier layoffs already continue to mount. The latest job cuts are part of a larger contingent of telecom layoffs in 2017. The Frontier buyouts on offer will expire on January 13, at which point the company will assess whether further cuts are needed.
Should further Frontier job cuts be deemed necessary, the reduction will most likely manifest as West Virginia layoffs, if not Virginia layoffs in general, hitting Bluefield and Wheeling, as well as Ashburn.
More Frontier Communications Layoffs in 2017
The most recent round of cuts adds to what has been a tough time for the company’s workforce. Frontier Communications layoffs in 2017 claimed hundreds of jobs throughout the year.
Aside from the Frontier Communications’ buyouts that were just announced, several of the company’s facilities across the nation shuttered throughout the year.
One Frontier Communications closing of a call center in Weldon Spring, Missouri, saw 141 employees losing their jobs. More Frontier layoffs followed, as the company shed 108 unionized workers in Connecticut. Another shutdown in Beaverton, Oregon, left 57 people without jobs.
These job cuts are part of the company’s announced plans in November to shed 1,000 employees company-wide.
The most recent Frontier buyouts and potential layoffs cap off what has been an otherwise difficult year for workers at the telecom company.
More Telecom Layoffs in 2017
Telecom layoffs in 2017 were widespread across the industry, hitting both companies big and small.
Some of the largest cuts came to two of the multinational giants, with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) together accounting for well over 1,000 layoffs.
The AT&T layoffs were among the largest in the industry, leaving 1,100 people looking for work after closing several call centers across the country and cutting 700 people from its subsidiary, DirectTV. Three call centers in the U.S. were closed in 2017. The shutdowns took place in El Paso and Richardson, Texas, as well as Detroit, Michigan.
Comcast’s job cuts resulted in the shedding of 400 employees as part of the company’s restructuring plan. Sales representatives in several regions across the U.S. were cut as the company looks to cut costs.
In June, 88 people lost their jobs at a Comcast warehouse operations center. In August, another 72 people were added to the list following the closing of a Detroit warehouse. Finally, in October, around 200 people were slashed from Comcast’s Oak Brook, Illinois, facility. Other jobs were lost in the Chicago, Illinois area and in Hobart, Indiana.
Layoffs at Windstream Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WIN) claimed dozens more. One round of layoffs saw 11 jobs cut from its Hiawatha, Iowa office, as the company consolidated business units. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based company then cut another 24 people in Rochester, New York. An additional 164 jobs were also cut, with 25 of those job losses happening in Arkansas.
CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:CTL) made around 165 job cuts in 2017. These layoffs came as the company acquired Level 3 Communications, LLC.
Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc (NASDAQ:ALSK) added another roughly 30 employees to the telecom industry layoffs in 2017. The company shed about five percent of its workforce after state and federal government funding to the company was reduced.
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