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CenturyLink's Hood River Call Center To Close

OPB | May 15, 2013 11:08 a.m. | Portland

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51 call center employees in Hood River will lose their jobs, according to a filing released  Tuesday.

CenturyLink plans to close its call center there by mid-July. But officials say 90 employees with other jobs at CenturyLink’s Hood River building are staying on.

Company spokesman Mark Molzen says some of the workers getting pink slips will have a chance to get another job.

“There are positions that are available throughout the rest of the company – so outside of Hood River – that the impacted employees will be able to apply for.”

Molzen counts 27 openings that call center employees could transfer into. That’s not enough to offer a job to all 51 workers losing their jobs – and the positions could be far from Hood River.

CenturyLink’s decision to close a center in Hood River comes two weeks after Xerox announced plans to shut facilities on the southern Oregon Coast. That closure is eliminating 285 jobs. 

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