MCI to close center in Linthicum Telemarketing

September 04, 1998|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

MCI Communications Corp. said it will close a telemarketing center in Linthicum next month, displacing about 600 workers.

All of the workers at the facility -- which opened in 1994 -- will have the option of remaining with MCI, either in its offices in Hunt Valley or in Atlanta, where much of the same customer service and sales work is done, officials said yesterday.

"Historically, it has been difficult to staff the center, given its location and lack of good public transportation," said Brad Burns, a spokesman for the Washington-based long-distance company.

The lease for the Linthicum facility is about to expire, and the company saw it as the best time to consolidate its workers in Hunt Valley or Atlanta, Burns said.

"Everyone who wants a job with MCI has a job," he said, adding that the two facilities can accommodate workers from Linthicum.

Employees who elect not to relocate to another MCI facility will receive a severance package and assistance finding a new job. Those who remain will receive relocation assistance, even for the move to Hunt Valley, he said.

MCI has about 2,500 employees in metropolitan Baltimore.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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