Best Buy Layoffs

February 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Best Buy Distribution in Dinuba opened up nearly ten years ago with promise of new job opportunities in the South Valley.But Thursday, dozens of workers got laid off, the latest casualty of this tough economy. The Best Buy Distribution Center in Dinuba is one of 17 nationwide that laid off people on Thursday. Corporate officials said a lack of sales prompted the layoffs.

The mood at this Best Buy warehouse has been somber since forty people got laid off Thursday. Many employees who didn't lose their jobs are scared they will, including this one who asked we not reveal his face.

Corporate leaders at Best Buy's headquarters in Minneapolis said struggling holiday sales and less consumer spending in general meant less work at the distribution centers.

Susan Busch called the changes hard but necessary to keep Best Buy afloat in today's economy. Employees said they've noticed there's been less work for them to do.

Best buy said it cares about its employees and is doing everything it can to provide for them during this tough time.

The 180 employees laid off from distribution centers across the country will receive thirty days pay-- health, dental and life insurance for one year-- plus outplacement services.

Some current employees are scared that more people will be let go in April but corporate officials said they were not going to speculate on any future layoffs.

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