As if AT&T were not irritating enough for the Eastern Sierra community in its transition from Alltell, the big wireless
corporation has now decided to shut down the service office in Bishop and re-open under an independent contractor as they did in Mammoth Lakes several months ago.
According to Stan Smith, leasing agent for the current AT&T space in Bishop, AT&T had decided to get out of the local office business and job it out to a contractor, similar to a franchise. AT&T officials reportedly walked into the Bishop store last Thursday and announced they would shut it down in 60 days and will immediately open a new space in Bishop under an independent contractor.
AT&T apparently made a corporate decision to free itself from daily headaches of running stores. Officials reportedly told workers in the Bishop AT&T store that they would be out of jobs at the end of 60 days but could “interview” for a job at the new location.
Most of the current workers stuck with AT&T through the very tough ordeal of the transition from Alltel to AT&T. Staff had to deal with less than adequate computer systems and often very angry customers. They even received bomb threats and other threats. AT&T will reward their loyalty and ability to hang in there with a pink slip.
For customers, service will continue, apparently with no interruption.