Layoffs Persist: Another Wave of Job Reductions Hits Washington, Adding to Concerns

Ash Jurberg

Persistent Layoffs Cast Shadows: Another Business in Washington State Trims Staff, Impacting Local Employment

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Unfortunately, the layoffs in Washington State 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 Washington Employment Security Department yesterday advising that 158 staff at its office in Bellevue will be laid off on January 26. 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."

Washington Job Cuts

A few other businesses in Washington have recently filed WARN notices advising of mass layoffs.

This includes:

  • Nordstrom is closing a facility, resulting in 67 employees losing their jobs in February 2024
  • Food delivery company Yelloh is cutting 58 staff across Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, and Richland.
  • Flexport, a freight technology company, is cutting 165 jobs in Bellevue
  • Yellow Corp, a trucking business that laid off 437 workers in Washington across sites in Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, E. Wenatchee, Union Gap, Pa.sco, and Spokane.
  • Paper giant WestRock is closing a mill in Tacoma, leading to 408 job cuts.
  • Crothall Healthcare announced that 174 of its Seattle employees will lose their positions.
  • Cognizant, a US-based software exporter, cut 93 workers in Bothall at the end of September.
  • Centerra, a Security Services contractor, will cut 92 jobs across sites employees in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, Spokane, and Richland.

Your thoughts

Are you concerned about these job losses? Do you fear the United States could be heading toward a recession? Should the government be doing more to assist businesses? Is there anything Gov. Inslee can do to reduce layoffs in Washington?

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