WASHINGTON, DC – AT&T plans to cut 1,880 American jobs over the next few months while expanding their overseas operation.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson had stated he would use the Trump tax cuts to add 7000 US jobs. Instead AT&T used the money from the tax cuts to expand operations in the Philippines and Mexico. Since the tax bill passed, the company has been aggressively
eliminating jobs in the United States. AT&T has received a $21 billion windfall from the TCJA while slashing capital investments by $1.4 billion.
“Instead of celebrating with my children on Father’s Day, I had to tell them that their dad may not have a job soon,” said Todd Menth, a father of two facing a job cut in Kent, Ohio. “I’ve worked hard at AT&T for nineteen years and I’m proud of my work. My message to AT&T is that it’s not too late to change course, to invest in next-generation networks and keep these good jobs in our community.”
The workers, members of CWA, are in a long-standing battle with the company to ensure that AT&T’s tax windfall is used as promised – to create jobs and increase wages. In addition to this round of cuts, the company has eliminated 23,328 jobs since the TCJA passed in late 2017.
Unfortunately the company continues to send work to low-wage contractors overseas while closing call centers in the USA.