Poultry Processing Plant Closures in Nova Scotia Devastate Workers

January 26, 2009, 11:28 AM EST

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CAW Local 2216 members who work at two ACA Co-operative poultry processing facilities in Nova Scotia have been left reeling by a decision to close the plants.

The CAW represents more than 300 workers at the two facilities in Kentville and New Minas in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

CAW national representative Ken Taylor said the workers were caught off guard by the announcement.

"We have people who have been working there for 20 and close to 30 years," Taylor told the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "That's all they've ever done is work at ACA in the poultry plant."

Bob Orr, assistant to the CAW president, said the immediate goal is to maintain operations at the plant, including finding a new purchaser.

"If we cannot secure the plant's future then the CAW's focus must shift to ensuring workers receive a fair severance package and closure agreement to mitigate the devastating impact of this announcement on their families," said Orr.

He said the union is working to set up meetings with the membership, provincial and municipal governments and ACA as soon as possible.

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