President Donald Trump boasted that AT&T is giving their employees $1,000 bonuses after the Republicans in Congress passed their massive tax cut for corporations, but isn’t talking about the hundreds of employees they’re laying off.
On Thursday, Trump bragged that the company will provide a $1,000 bonus “because of what we did.”
If AT&T is, in fact, acting in response to Trump’s actions, however, they’re also laying of hundreds of employees in five states because of him.
According to Fox4KC, AT&T announced they will lay off around 600 employees in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Illinois.
The workers being let go are indoor and outdoor technicians.
On Thursday, leaders of the Local 6360 Union held a meeting to offer help and share resources with workers who have been laid off. The meeting falls on the same night AT&T announced $1,000 bonuses for more than 200,000 U.S. employees in response to the GOP Tax Plan passing. Those recently notified of these job cuts say the bonuses seem like a slap in the face.
Joseph Blanco, the president of the Local 6360 Communication Workers of America Union, asked, “How can you lay people off and then give them $1,000 and say that there’s going to be more jobs available?”
“I wish someone could tell me how that’s possible because I have to explain that to my members, and right now at this time of year, this is a difficult pill to swallow,” he said.
“It makes no sense. It creates a lot of tension and, quite frankly, a lot of our members are on edge because they don’t understand the direction of this company and its mentality of how they’re being treated,” he added.