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Windstream to lay off 67 in Arkansas, 400 nationwide

By David Harten

This article was published February 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.


On Friday, Windstream Communications announced it will be laying off 400 employees nationwide by March 3. The logo for Windstream Communications was unveiled in this 2006 file photo. Windstream Communications is a spinoff of Alltel's landline business and merger with Valor Communications Group.

Windstream Communications announced Friday afternoon that the company will lay off 67 employees in Arkansas — including 36 in Little Rock — as part of a nationwide cutback which will eliminate 400 employees overall.

The layoffs will occur by March 3, according to a news release from the company. Around 175 of the layoffs are being terminated “through a voluntary separation initiative,” according to the release.

The reduction in their workforce will save the company $20 million, according to the release. To pay severance benefits, the company says it expects to take on a $9-10 million charge in the first fiscal quarter.

“Changes that affect people are never easy, but they are necessary for Windstream to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace,” Jeff Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Windstream, said in a statement. “We continue to invest in our growth areas, primarily business services and consumer broadband, and at the same time we must maintain a disciplined approach to expense management.”

The Little Rock-based communications company, which has 13,500 employees nationwide, offers both business and residential home phone, Internet and data solutions. A November report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette indicated that the company’s profits fell 34 percent in the third quarter of 2013.

Read more about this story in tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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Pacorabone says... February 21, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

Sounds like the result of Obama (S) care

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hackerhog says... February 21, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

Nope. These jobs went to India.

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RBBrittain says... February 21, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.

Neither. Landlines are in decline; Windstream can't afford the jobs even if in India *and* not affected by the ACA.

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Nodmcm says... February 21, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

Capitalism, which is the law of the land in America and most of the world, is based on 'buying low, selling high.' This includes labor costs. Indeed, if Chinese or Indian workers will do the same work for fifty cents an hour that Americans (Arkansans?) demand fifteen or twenty dollars an hour (or more!)to perform, of course the capitalists are moving jobs to China or India. If you were them, you would do it, too. Smart capitalists (and the not-so-smart ones go out of business) are going to move every job from America they possibly can, and there should be no surprise in this. If you support capitalism, then you must support moving all the jobs out of America that can possibly be moved. The Whirlpool plant in Fort Smith (paid $15/hr.) moved to a maquiladora (factory) in Juarez, Mexico, where workers make about fifty cents an hour. We would move our factory there, too, wouldn't we? This stuff is really easy, folks. Buy low, sell high!

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