Alcatel to fire 2,500 U.S. workers

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Paris--Alcatel SA said it would cut 2,500 workers in the U.S. Most of the cuts will come at its offices in North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. The company eliminated 2,200 jobs earlier this year. The combined layoffs equal 25% of Alcatel's U.S. work force. The company, which is running a multimillion-dollar branding campaign featuring footage of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lou Gehrig, has about 130,000 employees worldwide.
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