United Way Perth-Huron Supports Workers from Kraft-Heinz



United Way Perth-Huron Supports Workers from Kraft-Heinz

Job Action Centre Supporting Kraft-Heinz Workers Announces Location and Hours

The Job Action Centre has found a home at 108 Queen Street East in downtown St. Marys. Opening in December, the Centre will support more than 200 employees who will lose their jobs when the Kraft-Heinz plant ceases operations. The Centre will provide assistance with job search and resume writing, as well as information about Employment Insurance and Canada pension, counselling, and other employment services.

Employees can drop by starting December 1, Mondays to Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

A Grand Opening is scheduled for January 2017.

Employees are being informed through newsletters and other communications so they may begin to take advantage of the service. The Centre can be contacted at 519-284-3535.

Funding for this Job Action Centre is provided by the Government of Ontario.


Town of St. Marys Pleased with Collaboration to open Job Action Centre

The United Way of Perth-Huron, with support from Employment Ontario and Kraft-Heinz, is pleased to announce the opening of a Job Action Centre in St. Marys. The Action Centre, to be named at a later date, will be opened to support the more than 200 employees who will lose their jobs when the plant ceases operations.

Ryan Erb, Executive Director, says “It’s a difficult time for everyone but I’m pleased that we can do something to restore hope and help people find their next step in life.” United Way has operated action centers in the past. “We are often asked to assist when no union leadership is available” stated Erb. “It’s an example of how the United Way is nimble enough to help with emergent needs in our region.”

St. Marys Mayor Strathdee is happy to see some supports arriving. “We’ve been wanting to help employees as much as possible – now we have an opportunity to support them in a very tangible way. The Town of St. Marys has been advocating on behalf of employees since the first announcement and we will continue to do everything we can to help.”

“Employees have formed a steering committee to guide the project; it is a peer driven service that ensures everyone gets help in a way that suits their needs”, said Arnie Franciso, the consultant supporting the project. United Way and Employment Ontario will gather monthly with the steering committee to oversee education and training opportunities and manage day-to-day operations which will include assistance with resume writing, and connecting people to other employment services such as provided at Partners in Employment or the Conestoga Career Centre.

Initially operating out of the Pyramid Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the Action Centre expects to find a more permanent home in a storefront once a lease can be secured. Employees are being informed through newsletters and other communications so they begin to take advantage of the service.

Ignite Possibilities

For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, call
1-877-818-8867 or 271-7730 or email rerb@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

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