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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 12:36 PM

AT&T Cuts More Than 37,000 Family Supporting Jobs Despite Promises of Job Creation


AT&Tís Q4 earnings report, released today, shows that the company has cut 37,818 jobs since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect in 2018.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Todayís AT&T earnings report shows that AT&T continues to cut jobs and reduce capital expenditures even as the company announced record operating and free cash flow for 2019 and more than $5 billion in stock buybacks in the past four months. The company has cut 37,818 jobs since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect in 2018, including 4,040 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Capital expenditures declined by more than $1 billion in 2019 as compared to 2018.

Last week AT&T notified the Communications Workers of America (CWA) of its plans to cut an additional 200 technician positions in California on February 14, 2020.

AT&T and other corporations continue to be under scrutiny for failing to follow through on their promises to use tax windfalls to create jobs, raise wages and increase investment in infrastructure. AT&Tís CEO Randall Stephenson pledged to create 7,000 new jobs if President Trumpís corporate tax cuts passed. Stephenson also signed onto a statement as a member of the Business Roundtable committing to invest in employees and support the communities where they live and work. Instead, the company is cutting jobs and outsourcing work, including relying on lower wage subcontractors to build its 5G network.

Meanwhile, AT&T has continued to cater to the demands of controversial vulture hedge fund Elliott Management, which purchased a small stake in AT&T in September 2019. Elliott is pushing AT&T to extract profits from the company by eliminating jobs, outsourcing work, and divesting critical assets. In early October, AT&T announced that it would sell its Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Island Mobility units to Liberty Latin America (LLA), putting at risk the deployment of FirstNet and nearly 900 union jobs.

FULL story: https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/att-cuts-more-37000-family-supporting-jobs-despite-promises-of-job-creation

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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 12:55 PM

1. So next time republicans say that these tax cuts are vital and will create jobs, they are lying ...

their teeth off. All this was (the TCJA of 2017) done to award the donors of the republicans, nothing else.

An irresponsible stimulus to the economy too, and the massive tax cut didn't stimulate the economy (in other words, it failed miserably). Ironic, isn't it? The Tax Cuts showed up, but didn't entice the economy one bit. The Jobs portion of the bill was all about Jobs being cut, NOT creating them as its original purpose was.

Good planning, republican controlled House and Senate, signed into law by rump. Good planning.

If anything, the stimulus created inflationary pressures in the economy (IMHO, it increased the cost of capital way out of reach, such as stock, other assets, since so much money is being poured back into the markets by companies buying back their stock, driving up their share prices).

Just wait until a downturn hits (bad economic numbers, perhaps the Coronavirus out of China, etc.), and then corporations who poured their money into just buying shares of their stock and not enhancing their product lines/etc. will be the ones suffering.

Other negative factors include rising prices being faced by consumers, the failure of wages to keep up, and failing to keep up since the 1980s, low interest rates are hampering many retirees (where does one invest their money for decent returns?), health care still continues to be a challenge, the republicans keep mouthing off about it but still haven't done one damn thing about it, the manufacturing sector of the market is slowing down, consumers are spending less and receiving less per unit of dollar they are earning (and then in turn, spending), with perhaps the only bright light being that the stock market(s) are up, continuing the rise since Obama in 2009 implemented steps to revive the markets after the Bush failures.

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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 04:10 PM

2. Slow learners everywhere are shocked!

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