The Vineland Kosher Poultry Plant in Vineland, New Jersey stopped production just before the New Year. On December 30, 2010 the plant ceased production. Union officials say the plant closing affected roughly 160 workers at the plant. An unidentified person at the plant’s main office reportedly told the Daily Journal that the management team at the plant is no longer associated with the company that ran the plant.
In October, the company had notified the New Jersey Department of labor that potential changes may be coming, including the potential lay-off of 50 workers. Those layoffs did not take place before the plant ceased production on December 30, 2010. Companies must file a “WARN Notice” before a major layoff, as required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The labor department reportedly says the company had not filed a new layoff notice prior to the December 30 cease in operations.
A worker’s compensation lawyer in Milwaukee is aware that after a plant or factory closes, a worker who has an occupational disease or industrial injury has a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation. Many workers suffer repetitive injuries during the course of employment, but are afraid to make a claim for fear of losing their job. It is important for injured workers to seek counsel with a qualified personal injury and workers compensation attorney when a plant or factory shutters its doors.
Rumors abound as to the status of the plant’s future. According to Brian String, president of Local 152 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, there is a rumor the plant will shift to non-kosher poultry production.