UPDATE: Maple Leaf workers to get help
Workers at the Maple Leaf Poultry plant in
) have a central location to
visit where they can get information and help prepare themselves for life after
the plant closes in April.
The Education Department announced Wednesday that
it has opened a transition office at the plant for the 380 employees and said it
is operated in partnership with Service Canada, Maple Leaf management and
the United Food and Commercial
Workers Union. The office will provide training for the employees as they
try to find new jobs in the communities. Representatives
from the department and Service Canada will also be on hand to help with questions
about employment insurance.
The union, however, is not involved in the office yet. He said the
local at the plant was notified, but the union as an organization wasn't asked
to participate. He said it probably will become involved at some point but is
working on getting its own information together for employees.
While the service is free to employees, their wages will be docked if
they go to the office on company time. The Education Department said it plans to
bring in other organizations from the community to make sure employees have
access to available support services. The office will be open as long as
required, the Education Department said.
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