...and a happy labor day to you
When the 73-year-old transportation company Consolidated Freightways was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it laid off some 15,000 workers, some of whom found out about the loss of their jobs when they showed up for work after the Labor Day holiday to find the doors locked. Other employees received a telephone call instructing them to call a number for a prerecorded message from the company's CEO, according to a CF press release, which said employees will also receive a letter detailing the need for the work stoppage. According to the press release, 80% of the layoffs were effective immediately, with some supervisory and management personnel to remain temporarily.
ABC News quoted the CEO's message as follows:
Thank you for dialing in on this holiday weekend. I hope you and your family are enjoying the time together. ... I have some extremely urgent and sad news to share with you today. ... Your employment ends immediately.
A class act, all the way.