More Than 100 Workers Are Out Of A Job

More than 100 workers are out of a job.

The workers are employees at two call centers.

One is in Bell County and the other is in Harlan County.

One's already closed and the other is scheduled to close in a couple of weeks.

Jonathan Warf says the Civic Development Group office in Middlesboro sent out a notice to employees a few weeks ago.

“The office wasn't meeting the demands of the company they we're gonna close May 22nd,” Warf said.

The call center closed about a week ago.

Jonathan says long before that the company began letting people go.

“Kept the top ten or twelve that were bringing in all the money got rid of everybody else,” Warf said.

Former Civic Development Group employees say they made telemarketing calls throughout Kentucky soliciting donations for police and firefighter organizations.

A receptionist at the call center in Harlan says that office is set to close May 29th.

“Anytime you lose jobs it can't be a good thing, but that kind of business is very competitive,” Roger Fannin said.

Former employees say there were about seventy employed at the Harlan office and about fifty in Middlesboro.

Jonathan says it will be tough to match the nine and ten dollars an hour he was making at Civic Development Group.

WYMT has tried several times to reach a spokesperson for Civic Development Group, but we never heard back from anyone.


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  • by Person Location: Harlan Co, Ky. on Jul 10, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    I beleive the REAL reason they shut Office 30 in Harlan down wasnt because of Sales because every single day we beat out the other offices. We were shut down because all they hired was dopeheads. Over half the company was on drugs! Its sad when you cant go to work without being confronted with drugs or all the drama they had there. I loved that job, but the drama and drugs were out of control.
  • by Donna Location: Harlan/Louisville on May 14, 2007 at 02:17 AM
    I worked at the Harlan Call Center in 2003, before moving to Louisville. I moved to Louisville, and got basically the same job, paying 3.50 more an hour plus commission on every sale, of 18.00. I belive the people in Harlan and Bell counties were used.
  • by Holly Location: harlan on May 12, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    in my personal opinion office30 "the harlan office" is closeing on the count of one of the newer managers, connie morgan she has ran up and down the sections useing vulger language on nemourus occasions causing many pepole to lose potential "sales" there was one occasion where i was told by a coustomer with her there cursing like that he wouldnt take any thing from me so therfore i belive that is why they are closeing office 30 this is an opinion

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