HOFFMAN ESTATES - Friday, AT&T announced that 136 union jobs will be cut, mostly in Illinois. The company reportedly plans to move some of its call center work out of the State and cut jobs in numerous other locations throughout Illinois.
AT&T announced last August its intention to leave its Hoffman Estates campus and relocate 3000 jobs to Schaumburg, Chicago and other Illinois locations.
Friday's announcement took the IBEW by surprise, because just a little more than a month ago, the company said it had plans to create 200 new jobs this year in Illinois. In January, AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza said, “With these new jobs, Illinois and AT&T are moving forward together.” Governor Quinn boasted, “As Illinois’ economy continues making a comeback from the worst recession since the Great Depression, AT&T’s commitment to Illinois and our workers is another step forward.”
IBEW 21 President-Business Manager Paul Wright reacted to AT&T's layoff announcement saying, “It appears AT&T clearly is not committed to job creation in Illinois. This employer can’t be rewarded for creating jobs with the sleight of hand. You can’t create positions with one and then take jobs away with the other. What appeared to be a gain is now a net loss for our membership.”
A vast majority of the jobs - 117 - will be eliminated at the Company’s Lakewood Call Center located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in June 2014.