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Durbin rips Abbott over layoffs, separation agreement

Durbin rips Abbott over layoffs, separation agreement

Abbott Laboratories has confirmed that it's laying off about 150 workers and replacing them with contractors from a foreign company that specializes in outsourcing U.S. jobs, Sen. Dick Durbin says.

The Illinois Democrat said he sent a letter Thursday to Miles White, CEO of the Lake Bluff-based health care company, about the dismissal of the workers whose jobs are being outsourced to Wipro, an India-based information technology services firm, and the terms of their exit.

Last month, Durbin publicly expressed unhappiness about what he then estimated were 180 layoffs, but at the time, Abbott had said only that it "recently outsourced some IT capabilities."

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