AT&T: DISCONNECTED

HOW AT&T IS PLANNING TO PUT 40,000 MEMBERS OF ITS WORK FORCE OUT OF SERVICE

THE BASEMENT OFFICE suites in suburban Murray Hill, New Jersey, are being expanded almost 50%, and in a big rush. Workmen are knocking down walls and hammering nails into temporary partitions to get cubicles ready as early as next week for the people who will be surging in and out.

New hires? No, new fires. Or at least AT&T employees who have been told they are "unassigned" (translation: they can expect a pink slip any day). Murray Hill is one of seven AT&T "resource centers" around the country where laid-off employees can spend their last days with the company typing up...

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