AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT GEO GROUP

Am I Next? GEO losing private prison contracting in California in response to Governor’s phase out of private prisons.

Boca Raton, Florida-based GEO Group, supplying contractual privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment has announced that it will be laying off 130 employees on or around November 14, 2019. The largest work category to be laid off includes 84 correctional officers and 46 administrative and program employees located at the 700-bed McFarland, California private detention center. The proximate cause for the layoff was California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to inform the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that the state would be phasing out the use of private prisons. According to a state spokesperson, the need for such facilities has declined along with a more enlightened prison management system that is steadily reducing the state’s prison population.

It is also likely that the company may experience other layoffs at its California detention facilities as the State of California continues to battle ICE over the detention of illegal aliens.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?

 

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT TRANSDEV & FIRST TRANSIT

Am I Next? Layoffs at Transdev and First Transit — King County contract loss.

Lombard, Illinois-based Transdev North America, a division of Paris, France-based Transdev Services and the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services, has announced that they will be laying off 340 employees from their Kent, Washington operation after the loss of the contract for King County Metro’s federally-mandated Access program designed to provide transportation for elderly and disabled riders.

In addition to the layoffs at Transdev, Cincinnati, Ohio-based First Transit, which provided fleet dispatch services for the Access program, has announced that they will be closing their Seattle, Washington operation and laying off an additional 86 workers.

Mobility services will be assumed by a new contractor, Dallas, Texas-based MV Transportation which was awarded a five-year contract worth $424 million by King County Metro and will commence in November, 2019.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT IQOR

IQOR — Contract loss, 300 layoffs, closing facility.

St. Petersburg, Florida-based iQor, a business process outsourcing company which provides call centers offering customer service, third-party collections and accounts receivable management, has announced that it will be closing its Klamath Falls, Oregon call center on August 30, 2019 and laying off 300 workers. The 43,000 square building and 23 acre site has been listed for sale at $5 million.

Like most contract-driven call centers, the decision was driven by the loss of a major client.

According to a company spokesperson, “The decision to close Klamath Falls has been difficult given the skills and commitment of the employees at the site. Our Operations and Human Resource teams are working closely with affected team members to assist them in their transition to new employment opportunities. We will be closing our operations in Klamath Falls on August 30, 2019. Our Executive and Sales leadership teams have worked hard to secure another client in Klamath Falls. Despite our best efforts, factors outside of our control will not permit us to maintain our operations in Klamath Falls.”

The company is owned by a middle-market private equity firm, the Palo Alto, California-based HGGC (Huntsman Gay Global Capital) and operates about 40 call centers in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?