Colorado's Employment Struggles Persist: Another Company Adds to Mass Layoffs

Ash Jurberg

Layoff Trend Hits Colorado: Another Company Makes Job Cut Announcements

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Unfortunately, the layoffs in Colorado continued as a major business advising of mass layoffs yesterday.

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, an employer with more than 100 full-time workers must provide a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more people at a single site.

VMware filed a notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment yesterday advising that 184 staff at its office in Broomfield will be laid off.

"The expected date of the first separations is January 26, 2024. The total number of affected employees at the location listed above is anticipated to be 184. This will not result in closure of the entire facility, but will only impact certain employees selected for layoff. This planned action is expected to be permanent."

Employees learned yesterday that their positions would be eliminated due to the company being acquired by Broadcom. Broadcom closed its $69 billion acquisition of VMware on November 22.

Employees who were laid off received an email advising them of the news.

"Broadcom recently completed its acquisition of VMware. As part of integration planning and following an organizational needs assessment, we identified go-forward roles that will be required within the combined company. We regret to inform you that your position is being eliminated, and your employment will be terminated. We would like to thank you for your dedication and service. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible, including offering you a generous severance package and providing you a non-working paid notice period."

Recent Colorado job cuts

There has been a wave of layoffs in Colorado in recent weeks. This includes:

  • Colorado TV and satellite provider Dish Network announced it was laying off over 500 staff earlier this month.
  • Colorado-based company Sierra Space laid off 165 employees ahead of the long-awaited first mission of its Dream Chaser spaceplane.
  • Denver-based vacation rental company Evolve announced it will cut 175 positions, or 20% of its workforce. This is the second round of layoffs for the business this year; four months ago, it cut 164 staff members20% of its workforce. This is the second round of layoffs for the business this year, having cut 164 staff four months ago.
  • Aventum, an American government and commercial services contractor, has advised that 54 of its staff working on a project in Pueblo will be laid off due to the completion of a project.
  • Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer also announced job cuts. They filed a WARN notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment advising of job cuts but did not specify how many employees would lose their jobs.
  • Iconic food delivery company Yelloh, known for its distinctive bright yellow trucks, announced it was ceasing operations in Colorado and cutting all employees.
  • DePuy Spine, a division of Johnson and Johnson, is closing the manufacturing activities at a facility in Colorado, resulting in the layoff of 67 employees.

Your thoughts

Are you concerned about these job losses? Do you fear the United States could be heading toward a recession? Who is to blame for job losses? Is there anything Gov.Polis can do to reduce job losses?

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