St. Louis, MO – Telecommunications firm AT&T says it will lay off more than one hundred workers from its call center in downtown St. Louis.
A spokesman for AT&T says the layoffs are due to automation and other technical improvements that reduce the need for manual labor.
Kerry Hibbs says the cutbacks are part of an overall restructuring that will result in about 3,500 employees nationwide losing their jobs. Following the layoffs, AT&T says that 500 workers will remain at the downtown St. Louis location.
St. Louis, MO – President Bush is urging Congress to immediately enact a tax relief plan that's scheduled to take effect in a few years. Speaking Wednesday at J.S. Logistics, a small trucking business in south St. Louis, the president said that plan will lower some taxes by five percent, eliminate parts of the marriage penalty and increase the child tax credit from $600 to $1,000.
Mr. Bush says though federal lawmakers have already approved these changes, they won't take effect until 2006.