AT&T issued layoff notices Thursday to 29 employees in the Kansas City area who are members of the Communications Workers of America, Local 6360.
The job cuts affect union workers in AT&T’s Network Operations Center in downtown Kansas City and an engineering facility in Overland Park.
The local layoffs are among 270 announced for union members in the five states that comprised the former Southwestern Bell company — Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas.
Marty Richter, a spokesman with AT&T Corporate Communications, said most of the affected workers have job offers to work elsewhere in the company.
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“We remain committed to Kansas City and the region, and we continue to hire in the growing parts of our business like wireless, video, cloud services, sales and mobility applications,” Richter said, noting that AT&T hiring this year totaled 7,400 in the five-state region. “At the same time, we are reducing some jobs in the parts of our business that are declining, particularly wireline.”
Todd Appleby, Local 6360 executive vice president, said the union cuts affected high-tech workers in the operations center and drafting technicians in the engineering office. He said the announcement also included an early-retirement incentive bonus offered to members of AT&T’s management team.
AT&T also said it is the largest employer of full-time union labor in the nation and that it is the only major U.S. wireless company with a union-represented workforce.