The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 7, 2012

Blood service cuts 45 jobs in region

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — Staffing cuts nationally at American Red Cross Blood Services have cost 45 local employees their jobs.

The job cuts, affecting nearly 8 percent of the Richland Township-based Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region workforce, will become effective

Dec. 31, the organization announced in a press release.

“The reductions are at Red Cross blood centers across the country and at locations across our 100-county service area,” Greater Alleghenies Region spokeswoman Marianne Spam­pinato said.

“They involve both unionized and nonunionized staff,” she said.

Nationally, 380 positions will be eliminated, representing less than 2 percent of the Biomedical Services program, Spampinato said.

“Like many companies and nonprofit organizations, the American Red Cross has had to take difficult steps to reorganize our operations and workforce to ensure our long-term sustainability,” Spampinato said in the release.

She acknowledged the announcement’s bad timing.

“We understand this is happening during a difficult time of year and that these changes  will affect the lives of our employees and their families,” the statement said.

“The Red Cross will make every effort to assist those impacted by this reduction in force, including consideration for other open positions in the region.”

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