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AT&T: Union claim of layoffs is 'misleading'

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The Communications Workers of America claims AT&T will cut 1,880 U.S. jobs over the next few months.

“It would be misleading to refer to this as ‘layoffs,'” AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said. “Most affected CWA-represented employees, includ[ing] affected employees in the Midwest and Southwest, have a job offer guarantee that ensures they’ll be offered another job with the company — only those who volunteer to leave or decline a job offer will leave the company.

Southeast affected employees, he added, would be given the chance to participate in the company's job bank program for up to year. They'd receive severance, benefits and credit toward their pension.

CWA officials said AT&T is making the cuts even though its Midwest network is in "disrepair."

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