This is round two currently. These cuts would have and/or should have happened a year ago but the contracts were not yet ratified. When DirecTV was brought on in some places the company had twice the number of employees, instantly. DirecTV employees don't install POTS, Internet, VOIP, or any fiber fed services of any type. The Prem Techs do it all to include satellite. So with little work on their side yet DirecTV techs working ten hour days the writing was on the wall. Just wait until 2020 when they move off satellite onto 5G. DirecTV techs will be SOL.
I saw this coming two years ago. Feel badly for a lot of good employees getting let go. Being recent hires with less than three years service didn't make it any easier for them I'm sure. Most are still on the clock until the 5th of January. Still sucks.
The good news is that the signing of the new tax bill means they will all hopefully get that 1k bonus on top of their severance packages.