AT&T Inc. is laying off 101 employees in San Diego County, representatives of the employees’ labor union said earlier this month.
The cuts affect premises technicians who install new services and make repairs, said Tom Runnion, vice president of the Communications Workers of America District 9, adding that the workers will be gone before the end of May.
A spokesman for AT&T (NYSE: T) released a statement about the layoffs.
“Due to changes as our business and industry continue to evolve, we are making some staff reductions involving technicians who install and repair certain services at customer locations,” the statement said. “We’re encouraging affected employees to look for other jobs with the company, including in other areas of California and the country where we’re hiring for these positions. …
“Our business is continuing to evolve to reflect the changing marketplace, and these changes reflect trends that are happening across the industry. For example, more people are consuming video via over-the-top and streaming services, and technology continues to drive higher efficiencies.”
AT&T added that it is offering a $5,000 cash award to technicians who will relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Premises technicians in the San Diego market can make up to $29 an hour and receive a benefit package that includes medical insurance, pension and 401(k) retirement accounts, Runnion said.
The local serving San Diego has 1,800 members, Runnion said.