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Laid off Thruway workers offered part-time jobs

ALBANY - Just days after laying off more than 200 employees, the Thruway Authority is hanging out the help-wanted sign once again.  The authority is even making offers to people who got the ax earlier this week but they come with a big catch.
 
CBS6 Investigative Reporter, Jennifer Lewke, spoke with a number of toll-takers who were laid-off on Wednesday got a call on Thursday with the offer of part-time work.  They say they were making $22/hour with full benefits and the new offer is $12/hour without benefits.
 
In a statement to CBS6, Dan Weiller, the spokesman for the authority says, "The Thruway Authority regularly hires part-time workers in a range of jobs and we are doing all that we can to support employees who were recently laid off from our organization.  To that end, wherever possible and appropriate we will look to hire laid-off employees in part-time or other essential Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation positions."
 
Many of the employees being offered this part-time work worry that if they take it, they could lose their unemployment benefits.
According the NYS Department of Labor, after you claim 13 full weeks of benefits you have to accept work that pays at least 80% of the highest base-pay you earned.  A spokesman for the Labor Department says it will make a determination for unemployment insurance for each individual based on their specific eligibility.
 
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