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Windstream restructuring cuts 43 Little Rock jobs, no word on impact nationwide

Windstream to make job cuts (Photo: Talk Business & Politics)

LITTLE ROCK (KATV)-A Windstream Holdings spokesperson said Thursday (Jan. 18) that the company, which fought off a bid by a New York vulture fund in November to push the Little Rock telecom into bankruptcy, is undergoing a workforce reduction that will cut nearly 54 jobs locally and an unknown number of workers in others areas across the U.S.

Windstream spokesman David Avery said 54 positions are being eliminated in Arkansas in various workgroups, including 43 positions in Little Rock. He would not divulge the total number of job cuts across the company outside of Arkansas. The company had 1,275 employees in Arkansas and about 13,000 nationwide at the end of the year, he said.

“We are only providing the local impact and not disclosing the overall number of positions affected or estimated savings from the reductions,” he said. “Decisions that affect our people are difficult. We appreciate the contributions of those whose positions are affected and will provide severance benefits.”

Avery said the workforce changes will improve Windstream’s overall cost structure and enable continued investment across the company’s 150,000-mile network, which provides bundled services such as broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers in rural areas across half of the U.S. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to small business and enterprise clients.

For more on the Windstream cuts from KATV content partner Talk Business & Politics, click here.

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