400 Albion Workers to Lose Their Jobs

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

ALBION, N.Y. (WKBW) - A tight-knit Western New York community is bracing for an economic storm as 450 will lose their jobs in a few months.

JP Morgan Chase will shut down its call center in Albion, eliminating 450 positions. A spokesperson for Chase says the decision was made because fewer homeowners are falling behind on their mortgages, so Chase needs fewer workers to hand the cases.

Congressman Chris Collins says he's meeting with Chase to try to get the decision reversed.

The call center was once owned by Washington Mutual, which was acquired by Chase during the 2008 financial meltdown. Back then, the Albion location was on the chopping block, but US Senator Chuck Schumer fought to save it.

The center once employed close to 1,000 people over the years, but the workforce has been reduced to just over 400.

This news has shaken the Albion community because the call center is one of the largest employers in the town of 4,500 people.

Eyewitness News will keep you posted as this story develops.