A worker at the Mississippi-based furniture company that laid off 2,700 people over one night via text is speaking out, condemning the bosses and saying she’s been ‘torn apart’ by the move.
Approximately 2,700 workers, most of whom live in northeast Mississippi, with others in North Carolina and California, lost their jobs in the early hours of Tuesday. The digital announcement was made overnight, while many were sleeping.
Toria Neal, a 36-year-old mother of four and former traffic controller for United, said she ‘couldn’t believe my eyes’ when she read the message she and her co-workers received after midnight Tuesday.
Neal added: ‘The text said we were all being terminated and all our benefits including our health insurance were being terminated effective immediately. I had a really bad breakdown right there on the spot. I thought, what am I going to do?’
Her four children are all under the age of 21 and she says money is tight and there are bills to pay.