AT&T is cutting 3,400 jobs and shutting down more than 250 stores, a union representing the company’s workers said on Tuesday.
The job cuts are part of the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic and the carrier’s efforts to focus on growth areas, AT&T said.
The layoffs come as Chief Operating Officer John Stankey prepares to take over as CEO in July.
The wireless carrier AT&T is cutting 3,400 jobs and shutting down 250 stores over the next few weeks, according to a statement from the Communications Workers of America, a union representing AT&T workers.
The AT&T Mobility and Cricket Wireless retail closures will affect 1,300 jobs, while the other layoffs are said to be affecting technical and clerical workers.
The job cuts are part of the company’s effort to focus on growth areas and address lower customer demand for some legacy products, AT&T said.
The “economic impact and changed customer behaviors” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic were also drivers behind the telecom giant’s decision, AT&T said in a statement to Business Insider. The carrier also said it was eliminating more nonpayroll workers, many of whom are based outside of the US, than managers or union-represented employees.