Lowe's Lays off Thousands, Outsources Maintenance and Assembly Jobs
Marking yet another major layoff announcement in less than a week, Lowe’s is in the process of handing out pink slips to thousands of workers as they begin outsourcing various jobs to third-party companies. Those impacted by the business move include maintenance staff, like janitors, and assemblers who put together items like grills, wheelbarrows, and patio furniture.
Lowe’s wouldn’t reveal the exact number of positions that would be eliminated because they’re hoping to retain some workers within other open positions across their 1,800 stores. Employees will receive transition pay upon being excused, and Lowe's will encourage them to re-apply for another job within the company.
"We are moving to third-party assemblers and facility services to allow Lowe's store associates to spend more time on the sales floor serving customers," said Lowe’s spokeswoman Jackie Hartzell.