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Dedham Red Cross Office Axing 117 Jobs

The cut in staff is part of a nation-wide plan to lay off 1,100 employees.

The will lay off 117 staff members from its Dedham telerecruitment center, according to a statement released by the organization.

The American Red Cross will cut 1,100 staff members nationwide as it consolidates telerecruitment operations from 26 call centers down to three in Nebraska, Arizona and North Carolina.

Of the 117 in Dedham, 20 are part-time workers and 97 are full-time employees.

Despite the cut, roughly 500 employees will continue to staff the Northeast offices of the American Red Cross in Dedham.

The statement, released Friday, stated that affected employees are encouraged to apply for open positions within the organization and that the Red Cross "is working to ensure that staff members have the support they need during the transition process."

Staff members were notified of the plan in May 2010, and all those hired since then were aware of the temporary nature of their jobs, according to the statement.

"The services provided by the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts will not be impacted by this telerecruitment consolidation," the statement read.

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