A mass layoff today at the Nextel Partners Call Center on Beckrich Road has 100 employees fuming about what they say was an unexpected company move.
Nextel let about 18 percent of their workforce go this morning in a meeting at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center.
One hundred of the workers showed up to a mandatory meeting Wednesday morning, only to find they'd lost their jobs. Many of these customer service representatives and managers at the Nextel Call Service Center on Beckrich Road say Nextel gave them no warnings, only an e-mail.
One hundred of the call center's 550 employees received the e-mail, requesting their presence at Wednesday's meeting.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Nextel claims it laid the workers off to tighten the company's focus. The statement went on to say Nextel recognizes the move may cause employees some difficulties but it's doing everything it can to help with the transition.
Alexis Lily, a former employee, said, "Here, they live pay check to pay check. It's not like we're making salary, so we don't have to worry about it."
Nextel is giving the former employees severance packages and working with the gulf coast workforce board to help provide worker support, but one employee says his severance pay will only amount to about $1,000.
Today was the last day of work for employees who were laid off. They got paid for a full day's work today. They'll continue to receive a paycheck until March 26.