Staples Lays Off Employees in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM – Staples, headquartered in Framingham, has made another round of layoffs this year.

This is at least the second set of layoffs at the company since the office supply retailer became a private company.

Last year, New York private equity form Sycamore Partners purchased the company for $6.9 billion.

Staples Director of Corporate Communications Mark Cautela refused to comment on the layoffs in January, but reports filed with the federal government showed 175 employees were laid off, mostly in the IT department. The U.S. Department of Labor’s paperwork implied the laid off Staples workers’ jobs may have been shifted overseas.

This week, based on internal correspondence and emails from those who lost their job, about a dozen employees in marketing and more than 3 times that in accounting were let go.

In total, Staples has laid off at least 200 employees since the start of the calendar year.

The exact number of individuals laid off this week, since Staples won’t comment, will likely have to come from a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) filing with the state or a filing with the federal government, at a later date.

Staples employees told SOURCE they expect more layoffs, as after the 1-year anniversary of the Sycamore purchase, the “severance packages in the agreement” are no longer valid. That anniversary is in late June.

This is the third major employer in Framingham to make layoffs this week.

Genzyme announced about 100 employees laid off.

And yesterday, SOURCE broke the news that TJX laid off 300 in MetroWest.  Employees said their jobs are going over seas, but TJX did not answer that question when asked.

SOURCE contacted Cautela at Staples for comment on the latest layoffs, and he has yet to answer phone calls or an email.

Staples’s new CEO Sandy Douglas started last month. He replaced Shira Goodman, who had been the president and CEO since September 2016.

Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer issued a press release this afternoon on the layoffs in Framingham.

The release said: “Recently TJX and Sanofi Genzyme announced layoffs at their Framingham locations. As corporate citizens, both companies have contributed to Framingham’s community fabric. The planned layoffs are disappointing; however we recognize the need for our corporate partners to operate efficiently in rapidly changing markets.”

“Moving forward, we look forward to working with TJX and Sanofi Genzyme supporting their future growth and success,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer.

 

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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