163 Layoffs at Marriott in Stamford

More than 150 employees at Marriott in Stamford will be laid off by mid-January because of the Marriott-Starwood merger. 

A note on the state Department of Labor website says the company notified them last week about 163 layoffs between Dec. 31 and Jan. 13.  

Stamford Mayor David Martin said Starwood has given a lot back to the community, including supporting the mayor’s Youth Employment Program. 

"We have been aware of the Starwood and Marriott merger, which is disappointing for Stamford and Starwood employees. While we may be losing Starwood as a corporate citizen, we have companies expanding their offices within Stamford like Indeed.com, Gartner and Synchrony, and companies like Henkel that are moving here from out of state and creating hundreds of jobs," Martin said in a statement. 

Officials from Marriott said new positions are being created because of the merger, while others are being eliminated. 

Following is the full statement from Marriott:

"The Marriott/Starwood integration is in full swing, and with that comes the creation of new positions along with the elimination of some redundancies.  The majority of impacted associates were made aware of the status of their position some time ago. When we announced the merger in November 2015, we said that there would be some duplication of functions – mostly at the corporate level. While we don’t have an exact number of jobs that will be impacted in Stamford at this time, we will know more about staffing decisions as we continue the integration process. We anticipate having a presence in Stamford for the foreseeable future; we will begin to explore longer term options and needs now that we have completed the acquisition. We also anticipate that many associates will find new opportunities within the combined company and we will be working closely with them through this process." 

Martin said Stamford remains a "great place for companies and businesses of all sizes, and we are working hard to attract and retain companies that will create Stamford jobs long-term.”

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