CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Red Cross says it’s laid off eight workers in the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region because of rising costs and slow revenue growth.

The cuts are among 400 to 500 layoffs nationwide. Staff cuts also are being made at the American Red Cross’ national headquarters and local chapters. The organization has nearly 20,800 employees.

The Greater Alleghenies Region serves 100 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The American Red Cross said late Wednesday in a statement that its Biomedical Services expenses have risen by more than 4 percent while revenue is growing by less than 1 percent. The organization says it can’t continue on that path.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. sheriff says:

    The American Red Cross is a business that enjoy many tax benefits. It’s board of directors & CEO make millions, they ask for your blood for free & then sell it for millions on the open market. Sure , they do the perfunctory things to look good on t.v. but it’s all a business & all about profit & the Benjamins….They never ever do it for free, not like the Salvation Army does.

  2. Gayle Johnson says:

    The CEO’s should be ashamed making all these people lose jobs becaue they are too greedy to take a pay cut. This is why I will not give to Red Cross and a couple of others.

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