Changes Planned at AT&T in Meriden

On Monday, union members as well as their supporters are expected to speak in hopes of stopping some changes planned at an AT&T facility in Meriden.

The communications workers union tells us 89 workers were told on Friday their jobs are being moved out-of-state.

We’re told those jobs are in call centers, including those that help with 911 systems.

The union says these are good-paying, hard to find jobs.

And now most of those workers face the difficult choice of whether to follow the position to either Tennessee or Georgia.

“There’s a lot people who do those jobs that have families, kids in school, homes here in Connecticut and to uproot just to follow that work down there, isn’t an easy thing,” said David Weidlich, CWA Local 1298 president.

In a statement a spokesperson for AT&T wrote in part:

“To increase efficiency and effectiveness, we are consolidating some work currently done in Meriden into two other facilities. A large majority of employees who are currently assigned to the building here are not affected.”

AT&T says the changes here will take place during the year.

It adds workers who chose to move will be given a $20,000 relocation allowance.

The union says severance packages are also being offered.

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