Altice USA, formerly known as Cablevision, organized a job fair in partner with the Chamber of Commerce which featured 24 companies that met with hundreds of employees following the company’s announcement that it will be closing its Shelton and Stratford call centers.
After announcing the company would be forced make nearly 600 layoffs back in August, the company decided to help assimilate these impacted employees into the local economy by inviting the following businesses to participate in the free job fair.
Participating companies in the Sept. 28 job fair included Barnum Financial, Basement Systems, 3PL Worldwide, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, Webster Bank, Curtiss Ryan Honda, Peralta Design, Sikorsky Credit Union, Housatonic Community College, Griffin Hospital, Post University, The WorkPlace, Inc., the Connecticut Department of Labor, and more.
The companies looked to hire employees who are skilled in the following areas:
- Customer Support
- Technical Support
- Operations Management
- Field Representatives
The day was a success, according to President of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Bill Purcell. He said the employees appeared to be in good spirits despite their abrupt Nov. 1 departure.
Altice USA employees were prohibited from speaking to the media.
State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113) said he hates to see businesses close, especially ones that employ such a large number of Valley residents.
“It’s unfortunate that they chose to lay off so many employees but I hope the job fair was a productive opportunity for those employees to find new jobs,” said Perillo.
Altice acquired Cablevision for $17.7 billion earlier this year and said the reason for the offices closing/layoffs is advancements in technology have resulted in a decrease in call volume from customers. It has been reported that those calls will now be handled by facilities in the Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey.
According to its website, “Altice USA is a leading national telecommunications, media and entertainment company. Altice USA provides residential and business services to more than 4.6 million customers across 20 states and we offer digital cable television, high-speed Internet, voice, WiFi and data products and services to keep customers connected anywhere across any device.”