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Non-voluntary cuts reach Intel staff

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Intel Corp. has entered the second phase of its staff reduction at its Rio Rancho chipmaking plant.

The company announced in September it would “redeploy” 400 of the plant’s 3,300 employees.

Intel spokeswoman Natasha Martell Jackson said Tuesday the first phase was a voluntary separation, with the company offering retirement packages to qualified employees or helping employees find positions at other Intel sites.

She would not say how many employees chose that option, but did say the company has entered into a second phase: It has selected an undisclosed number of employees and is now offering to assist them in finding another job, either at Intel or elsewhere, for up to two months.

That assistance could be job training or another form of support, she said.

“The first phase was voluntary,” she said. “This is the supported redeployment phase.”