Micron Layoffs

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CBS 2 Eyewitness News was the only station to tell you about lay-offs at Micron over the weekend and we were the only one to speak with an employee who was just let go.

A former Micron employee gave us a copy of a disclosure packet that according to him, everyone gets as they are shown the door. In it is a confidential severence agreement employees have to sign in order to get their package and Monday morning more of them were handed out.

A former Micron employee, Steve, said, "I'm trying to get over what I have had to deal with over the last couple months."

Like thousands of other Micron employees Steve's been waiting and worrying he would lose his job and on saturday he did.

Steve said he has enjoyed working as an operator at the computer chip employer, but how the company has handled letting their employees know frustrates him.

Micron still is not talking about the layoffs, but Channel 2 Eyewitness News did get a copy of an email sent by CEO Steve Appleton, to all Micron employees on June 28th.

In it Appleton says:

"With respect to the current situation, it is not a matter of withholding information, but simply not having all of the data to share."

He goes on to say:

"I sincerely apologize for not having a solution that avoids all of the turmoil."

So far an exact number of lay offs has not been confirmed by Micron but according to the disclosure document given to laid off workers, out of the nearly 3900 positions listed, 353 have lost their jobs.

The average age: 40 years old, Steve is 43.

Now, he, like the hundreds of others laid off, is trying to look forward to the next step.

The Idaho Department of Labor says they have had a number of people come in or call saying they have been laid off by Micron, wondering what their options are. The department said those employees are eligible for un-employment benefits.