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Red Cross Begins Job Cuts In Blood Services

The Red Cross says a restructuring of its blood services division won’t have much of a local impact.The agency announced this week that 400 to 500 jobs will be cut nationwide under the plan. It says a drop in monetary donations and rising costs forced the restructuring. "Locally the impact of the restructuring has been minimal. Three positions in the River Valley Region were affected by restructuring," said Katy Maloy,spokeswoman for the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region, which includes the Louisville area and parts of Indiana and Illinois.Maloy says the three jobs are administrative positions, and donors won’t notice any disruptions due to the restructuring. The Red Cross says eight workers are being laid off in the Greater Alleghenies Region, which serves a portion of eastern Kentucky.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.