President Donald Trump is turning a blind eye while AT&T forces their American workers to train their foreign replacements in what could be yet another commonplace despicable way for corporations to treat employees in this country.
Back in 2017, Trump and the Republican majority in Congress passed a tax cut law giving trillions of dollars to corporations all while insisting that the tax cuts would create jobs. Trump also campaigned on protecting American jobs and constantly brags that he is doing exactly that. The problem is that he’s clearly lying as one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world betrays its American workforce in favor of foreign workers.
AT&T directly benefited from the tax cut law, but instead of hiring new workers and bolstering the jobs of existing employees, they began ruthlessly handing out pink slips.
Adding insult to injury, AT&T now expects American workers to train their foreign replacements after they’ve already been notified that they are losing their jobs.
According to an Axios report:
AT&T is poised to send thousands into the new year hunting for new jobs after assigning them to train their own foreign replacements, according to conversations with current and former workers and documents obtained by Axios. Many have worked for the company for over a decade. They aren’t being offered severance or early retirement, and may not easily find a comparable job elsewhere with similar pay.
Despite receiving a $3 billion tax cut last year, AT&T announced new and expanded alliances with big outsourcing companies to replace workers with foreign or cheaper domestic talent. Like many major U.S. companies, AT&T has been shifting jobs for years now — but 2019 was especially noteworthy, as workers claimed that as many as 3,000 finance jobs were being outsourced to Accenture. AT&T denied the 3,000 figure, but declined to provide Axios with its own number.
When Axios reached out to the White House for comment, their request was denied. Clearly, American workers being fired and forced to train their foreign replacements is something Trump is okay with even though he has repeatedly complained about foreign workers taking American jobs.
He could easily do something about this injustice by seeking to punish AT&T, but he won’t step in. And that’s going to hurt him come November next year when many of these same workers, some of whom likely voted for him in 2016, go to the ballot box again.
“American workers are tired of waiting for President Trump to do something on this issue,” attorney Sara Blackwell told the publication. “They’ve gone from great hope in President Trump’s administration, to great discouragement.”
Unfortunately, the way AT&T is treating their loyal American employees could be repeated by other companies, further humiliating and demoralizing workers at a time when the country is already tipping toward another recession despite Trump’s insistence that the economy is stronger than ever. Corporations and the wealthy may feel that way, but workers know the harsh truth.
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