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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