lays off 55, union official says
By The Denver Post
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Qwest laid off 55 people this week, 10 of them in Denver, a
union official said.
Laid-off information-technology workers in Denver have three
months to find other jobs in the company under union rules,
said Dale Feller, secretary-treasurer of the Communication
Workers of America Local 7777. The workers keep computers
and telephones working at Qwest offices.
An unconfirmed number of managers were also escorted out of
the building Tuesday, Feller said.
Qwest spokesman Bob Toevs declined to confirm specific
layoffs, saying only that the company will "continually
adjust our workforce to meet the needs of the business."
At the same time, the former Baby Bell is looking to hire
contract workers through Denver- based employment company
Remy Corp., said Andrew Albarelle, principal executive
Qwest said Tuesday it plans to hire about 600 people at a
call center in Utah.