United Furniture Industries laid off all 2,700 workers while they slept

A major U.S. furniture company this week fired all of its 2,700 employees while they slept, warning them in text messages and emails not to show up for work the next day.

Tuesday’s mass layoffs at United Furniture Industries, which makes low-cost sofas and armchairs for Simmons Upholstery, put thousands of employees out of work, including truck drivers and factory workers in North Carolina, Mississippi and California, just two days before Thanksgiving. in New York Post reports.

“At the instruction of the Board of Directors… we regret to inform you that due to unforeseen business circumstances the company has been forced to make the difficult decision to lay off all of its employees, effective immediately, on November 21st. the company said in a message to employees.

“Except for off-road drivers who don’t deliver. Your separation from the company is expected to be permanent and all benefits will end immediately without COBRA.”

The private company Okolona, ​​Mississippi, could not be reached for comment.

According to the memo, the drivers were told they would be paid for the remainder of the week and that they must immediately “return the equipment, inventory, and delivery documents.”

A UFI truck driver was arrested in Monroe County, Mississippi on suspicion of removing furniture from a truck after the company fired him. in Daily Press.

It’s unclear why the twenty-year-old company went out of business so abruptly, but over the summer it fired its chief executive, chief financial officer and executive vice president of sales. at FurnitureToday.com.

A few weeks later, about 500 employees lost their jobs at multiple sites in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Verona, Mississippi, and Victorville, California.

On Tuesday, workers were later told they could come to their jobs to “pack their things,” a UFI spokesman said. told Freightwaves.com.

The fired worker told the publication: “This is not fair to the workers who worked so hard to be so blinded. It’s not fair to a mom who’s just had a baby to wonder if she even has health insurance to cover it. It’s unfair to a cancer patient in the midst of chemotherapy on how to pay for her treatment.”

On Wednesday, former Mississippi employee Thoriya Neil filed a lawsuit against UFI alleging that the company violated federal law by failing to give notice 60 days prior to terminating operations.

This article originally appeared on New York Post and reproduced with permission

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