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Job Service In Cda Won’t Face Layoffs

Some Job Service employees here will change jobs and could face pay cuts, but none will be fired as part of a massive internal restructuring of the Idaho Department of Employment.

Three longtime staffers were let go from the Boise office, said Dwight Johnson, the department’s new public affairs administrator.

New director Roger Madsen declared a fiscal emergency at the department this week. Under the Andrus Administration, the department had asked for $1.2 million from the state general fund because of declining federal dollars to run the programs, said Johnson.

Gov. Phil Batt and Madsen decided not to pursue that budget request, and “now we’re going to have to do more with less,” Johnson said from Boise.

Madsen himself took an $8,000 pay cut, and those making $60,000 or more in the department will have to take pay cuts below that level, Madsen said in a memo to all 500 department employees.

Lee Fields, manager of the Coeur d’Alene office, said that while some of her staff may report to different people in the department, the reorganization won’t affect the services offered to the public.

An area manager whose job was eliminated was reassigned, said Johnson, who is a former Batt campaign official. xxxx

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