Thread regarding CenturyLink layoffs

How much did the non compete agreement hurt you?

I was a CO Tech and they walked three of us out at the same time. Gave us like an 80 page document and we had 45 days to sign it saying we agreed to their 1 year non compete clause and no working for a contractor for six months, and laughably, that we would not bad mouth the company to anyone. If they caught you working for a competitor they would make you repay your severance and if you bed mouthed them, they would sue you and take back your severance. Basically blackmail. When you have years of pay and unemployment at stake, you don’t have much of a choice.

post @1mdh+1apjtoc2 : Well this is really awful. If this non compete clause is a condition for me to get severance, then I would rather not take it.

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Nonsense, I have seen guys retire one day and start contracting for our customers the next. Its a local management decision if its pursued at all.

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Post ID: @7afm+1asGBMfJ

Just remember, Lumen is not a Telco by their own words they are a communications company that provides IT solutions.

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Post ID: @3mmn+1asGBMfJ

The no compete cost me big. In hindsight, I would not have signed it and they could have kept my severance and unemployment.

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Post ID: @2pvu+1asGBMfJ

Non compete for a year will make it difficult to be brought into another telco position doing similar work, potential other employers know and wont hire you. I tried to go back to VZ as a term–temp employee doing co–net tech position and wouldnt hire me until 1 year separation was up.

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Post ID: @1hhf+1asGBMfJ

I decided when I walked out I would draw every penny of their unemployment I could. I figure between unemployment and severance I can sit back and drink beer at least another six months. Been gone almost a year so far. Health is better, stress level nothing and life is good.
If the guys who pass on VSPP realized how much of a relief it is, they wouldn't hesitate.
And....I have a job waiting with a group of ex–techs who started their own gig whenever I want one.

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Post ID: @1azl+1asGBMfJ

The m doing the same thing! It’s been the best year ever all on their dime! Time away from that place makes one humble as the this company certainly doesn’t know what they are doing! It’s so blatantly obvious.

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Post ID: @1ovr+1asGBMfJ

The non compete clause was huge to me, because I had a lucrative offer from another company waiting. It was no secret because their techs always told our techs their boss wanted me. My last day, the SRO highlighted the non compete and went out of his way to say he would be watching me, and outlined what they would do to me if they caught me.
So....I went to lawyer and spent $500 to find out their non compete is valid and enforceable since they are providing severance and unemoyment equal to a year's pay.
So now, I am sitting back drinking beer on their dime waiting for unemployment to run out cause I am sucking up every dime of their money until I look for work.

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Post ID: @1vja+1asGBMfJ

Call fcc and puc in western states. Rat the as–––––s out on their not replacing batteries! They are by law required to have batteries that will hold the remotes up for at–least 4 hrs. Hit them silently. Tell the fcc , puc folks to go talk to the techs still working. Call in every day!

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