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Local officials, employees speak up following latest Xerox layoffs

December 13, 2018 08:28 PM

More employees at Webster's struggling Xerox plant went home without jobs as the company executed a new round of layoffs Thursday.

The company remained silent on its latest cutbacks but union leaders, local government officials and newly dismissed workers told News10NBC that numerous employees were let go although none of them could say exactly how many.

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"It's always nerve-wracking," exclaimed employee Sandy Mele who was not one of those dismissed."I've heard it was happening but it's been so quiet. I haven't heard much of anything. So I have no idea."

One employee, who'd been with Xerox only a year, was told of being laid off amid talk of making "difficult decisions."  Xerox, he said, had become virtually unrecognizable from what it used to be.

"It's happening and is very aggressive," said one comment in a thread on the employee website, The Layoff. 

Another comment said, "I know of five people, Bldgs 214, 208, and 205." 

And another comment said, "I personally know of at least six individuals." 

Leaders of the Rochester Regional Joint Board of Workers United, the union that represents some Xerox employees, reported hearing from the company that some managers were being let go and that the layoffs would not affect any union members.  

At least not this time.

In its third quarter, a reduction, in force by Xerox, eliminated jobs for 900 workers companywide.   

"Everybody's nervous," declared an outside contractor who worked with Xerox who identified himself as Joe. "It's to be expected. These rumors have been flying forever."

Union leader Gary Bonadonna said he only got word in the context of learning that his normal management liaison with the company was to be one of those eliminated.

The scarcity of information was infuriating for local officials.

"It's frustrating not knowing where we're going and what we're doing," admitted Webster Town Supervisor Ron Nesbitt. "The problem is they keep on moving employees around and it's like shooting at a dartboard. I don't know who I'm talking to."

Nesbitt fretted that, even as the number of jobs in Webster shrank, the town was precluded from trying to make plans for the growing number of empty buildings on the Xerox campus.

"There's a lot of buildings," he said. "There's an empty 450,000 square-foot building. There is building 200 that used to be a call center that's now empty. We want to fill those buildings up and put jobs there." 

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Charles Molineaux

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