The partnership with MountainOne Financial Partners sounds like a deal that has gone bad. CEO Thomas Leavitt feels that to lay off 20 workers is a great way for a partnership to start. He goes on to say that they are not in any dire straits and it’s to advance the company and to be responsive to the needs of our market. To me that tells a lot about MountainOne -- his customer service should be the main factor.
The tellers are well known to the patrons at the bank. It’s one of the reasons they keep coming back. Some are used to getting the one-on-one friendly service. The community should be outraged; these workers are friends, neighbors, and above all, human beings.
If dumping your work force on the curb is the only way that MountainOne can create a strong-looking financial view, they should not be in the investment business.
Here’s the kicker, Mr. Leavitt says the discarded workers will be treated with a lot of respect, sensitivity and support. Only from the top would you hear this. You want to show you care? Invest, do your job, work a little harder, and if what you say is true and MountainOne is in great financial shape, then there is not a need to dump the workers. It’s pure greed. I was hoping to hear some outrage from our elected officials, but not a word as of yet.
Some of the good folks at MountainOne Financial Partners will soon be walking with a limp, due to the increase in their wallets. Just a reminder to MountainOne: North Adams is a city that cares for others. They will remember this attack on the workers!