State Help Available For Chicopee Workers Who Lose Jobs
(CHICOPEE, Mass.) (WGGB)– Layoffs for employees of the former Avery Dennison plant in Chicopee are expected to begin in January.
This past summer CCL Industries bought the office products business of Avery Dennison.
And on Thursday, we learned that CCL Industries will close the Chicopee plant as well as one in Holliston, Massachusetts next year.
News like this never comes at a good time,”I know a number of employees who worked at that facility for many, many years, these are people who have made careers there so it’s not going to be easy to move forward,” says Chicopee State Rep. Joseph Wagner.
“So what happens to the workers at this plant who are going to be laid off , Chicopee State Representative Joseph Wagner tells us that he’s going to be in contact with state officials to try and get help for these workers,”I will reach out to state economic development officials to put them in touch with the management of the Avery Dennison company and facility and we’ll try and bring people together,” says rep. Wagner.
Wagner says worker re-training is one of the areas where the state can bring resources to help those who lose their jobs.
He says his office is also reaching out to the workers,”I would say to employees who might be impacted if they want to reach out to my office I can try and put them appropriately together with state agencies where there may be help and assistance for them,” says rep. Wagner.
In the meantime those workers are counting the days on the job, as the layoffs are expected to begin in January with the plant scheduled for closing in June of 2014.