Charter Communications plans to cut 1,000 jobs

Charter Communications Inc. plans to lay off at least 1,500 employees in the U.S., with some of the jobs likely to be in California.

The company said Tuesday that it is cutting 1,100 jobs at its Chicago-based wireless operations, including about 1,300 employees in Chicago, about 800 in Chicago-area facilities and 500 in California-area offices.

The company also is laying off some employees.

In an earnings conference call, CEO Marcelo Claure said the company is reducing the number of employees at its California facilities to about 400, but that it will continue to hire staff at its headquarters in California to support the expansion.

Claure also said that he expects to reduce the number and size of its Chicago and Chicago-related facilities in California, though it could be as little as 150 jobs, as the company ramps up the number it has in the area.

Charter said that it expects to have the number up to 600 jobs in the coming year, though Claure has said in recent weeks that he is aiming to have 1,700 jobs.

Charter, which is part of Charter Communications Co., has a contract with Verizon Communications Inc., and Claure also serves as a chairman of Verizon’s board.

The companies are trying to win the wireless business that Verizon and T-Mobile are competing to take over from AT&T.

Chronicle staff writer David Weigel contributed to this report.

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