CenturyLink to lay off 150 workers in Minnesota

The cable and internet giant confirmed the cuts at the weekend.
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CenturyLink has confirmed it will be laying off around 150 workers in Minnesota.

The cable and internet company says that the jobs will be lost in its field operations department, with the workers' employment ending on May 29, with FOX 9 first reporting the news at the weekend.

"Based on continuous assessment of our business needs and workforce alignment, we are reducing our field operations workforce by approximately 150 employees in Minnesota," said a statement from CenturyLink spokesman.

The move has been criticized by the District 7 Communications Workers of America, which says the job losses in Minnesota are part of a wider cuts scheme across the country.

The union has slammed CenturyLink for cutting workers despite benefiting from the corporate tax cuts passed by the Trump Administration in 2017.

It has also pointed out that CenturyLink was the biggest beneficiary of federal cash from the Connect American Fund, which is for building out broadband in unserved and underserved areas of rural America.

FierceTelecom reports that CenturyLink has received more than $500 million of said funding every year since 2015.

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Brenda Roberts, District 7 Vice President of the CWA, said that the promises made that the corporate tax cuts would ultimately benefit ordinary workers were "lies" from the government to "get their massive tax breaks to corporate interests like CenturyLink passed."

"To make matters even worse, while raking in billions in taxpayer dollars, CenturyLink has tried to evade its service quality obligations, laying off hundreds of experienced workers in the process," she said.

"CenturyLink’s job cuts are harmful to employees, their families, and communities nationwide – and not to mention – bad for business. CenturyLink is sending a clear message to the families and businesses it serves that providing reliable phone service and standing up for its employees are their last priorities."

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