MCI laying off up to 18 at Linthicum center

MARYLAND WATCH

September 18, 1996

MCI Communications Corp. yesterday said it is laying off up to 18 people at its telemarketing center in Linthicum, but anticipates that many will accept offers to stay with MCI in other jobs.

The Washington-based long-distance company described the move as a minor restructuring of the center, rather than a reflection of far-reaching changes in marketing strategy.

"We're in a state of constant evolution, like everyone else in the industry," MCI spokeswoman Debbie Caplan said. The change is "totally about increasing operations, increasing efficiency."

She said the jobs offered to people on the layoff list are also in Linthicum, where MCI employs about 580 workers in a center that it opened in June 1994.

Caplan said MCI expects fewer than 10 people to leave the company as a result of the changes.

The trims come as MCI faces massive regulatory changes, but

most expect the industry trends to favor MCI as it pushes beyond long-distance into local phone service. Analysts expect per-share earnings to rise to $1.73 this year and $1.97 next year, compared with $1.55 a share in 1995.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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