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LCC lays off hundreds due to coronavirus-related changes

Custodial staff and those who organize conferences and events are among those laid off.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 1:15 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 7:50 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane Community College is the latest employer announcing mass layoffs due to the effects of coronavirus.

The total number of layoffs is nearly 400, according to chief human resources officer Shane Turner. This includes about 300 part-time temporary employees who have been working during the winter term. There are about 100 more part-time temporary employees who haven’t been actively working this term who are also laid off.

Officials said the layoffs are due to the switch to remote instruction, per Gov. Kate Brown’s order. They said many jobs on-campus rely on in-person contact. Those laid off will have access to unemployment benefits.

Some jobs involved in the layoffs include part-time custodial staff and Center for Meeting and Learning staff, who arrange conferences and events that can no longer take place.

The layoffs affect both Eugene locations and the campuses in Florence and Cottage Grove.

Last Friday, LCC officials told managers to make the impacted employees aware. And on Tuesday, President Margaret Hamilton sent an email regarding the layoffs to the campus community.

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