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Yakima Company Considers Shared Work Program Before Lay Offs

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With the economic downturn nationwide, many industries in Yakima are trying their best not to lay off workers.

A.S.A.P. Metal Fabricators is turning to one specific program. The owner and workers at A.S.A.P. Metal Fabricators talked about a Shared Work Program.

Here's how it works, the company cuts hours by half, and on top of that workers get a portion of their unemployment benefits.

One of the main reasons for doing this is to keep workers who have been with the company for a very long time and are experience in the field.

"Over the years we've had a lot of changes, we've build camaraderie, it would be bad to lose that," said Lloyd Bordelon, a fabricator with A.S.A.P. Metal Fabricators

A.S.A.P. is one of five companies in the Yakima Valley with the program. It doesn't cost companies extra to enroll, and workers get a portion of their unemployment benefits.

Lloyd has been with the company for a little over 10-years. So far he says he's had no problems collecting checks, or unemployment benefits from the state.

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