NEW HAVEN—200 applicants in two hours applied for jobs with AT&T. In one of the worst recessions of our time, the job fair didn't take long before it filled up. AT&T wanted to fill 100 positions, mainly in the sales arena. It was a move some in our state applauded.
"Every company has gone through some contraction, whether they've laid people off. Now we will see companies start to add hours and as the economy come back they will start to add employees," said Joan McDonald of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
"I'm glad that we have a 100 jobs and we're bringing sales jobs because I'm not demeaning those jobs at all. But I'm saying if we don't have people doing the work then you're not going to provide good service," said President of Communication Workers, Local 1298, Bill Henderson.
But AT&T disagreed.
"We are hiring for those segments of our business that are growing. Where are business is not growing, yes we've had to make some job adjustments and some employment adjustments.," said Ramona Carlow, President of AT&T Connecticut.