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ALL AMERICAN GOURMET AND UFCW LOCAL 23 AGREE TO SETTLEMENT ON PLANT CLOSING

 ALL AMERICAN GOURMET AND UFCW LOCAL 23
 AGREE TO SETTLEMENT ON PLANT CLOSING
 PITTSBURGH, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Negotiators for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 23 and the All American Gourmet Co. have reached an agreement on final terms and conditions of the closing of the company's frozen meals production facility located at 4590 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, the union said today.
 The plant is scheduled to discontinue operations on or about Aug. 28.
 Peter V. Marks Sr., president of UFCW Local 23, characterized the closing agreement as a "decent final settlement," but was quick to add that "no agreement can substitute for the jobs and income lost when a plant closes."
 "This closing is a sad fact of life in a recessed economy," he continued. "We've done the very best that could be done to cushion the blow and ease the hardship."
 An agreed-to severance provision of the settlement will give all regular full-time and part-time employees, with more than one year of service, one week of pay for each full year of employment from original date of hire. Employees with less than 12 full months on the job will be considered as having one year of service. Severance will be calculated on a 40-hour week for full-time workers.
 The closing agreement also calls for a one-time lump sum payment of $2,100 for each employee now participating in the company's health plan. Meetings will be arranged between the employees and insurance carrier representative to answer questions and explain options available.
 Additional provisions of the closing agreement cover unused vacation entitlements, personal holidays and pension vesting rights for eligible employees.
 The company also agreed to provide out-placement assistance for job seekers over a period of six months, to be paid by the employer, with an on-site career center staffed by professional personnel. Marks noted that Local 23 officials had met with a representative of Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey's Dislocated Workers Unit to discuss government assistance programs for the local's members.
 UFCW Local 23 represents nearly 23,000 members in central and western Pennsylvania, parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Most members are employed in the retail food industry. The union's headquarters is in Pittsburgh, with offices also in Brookville and Erie, Pa.
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 /CONTACT: Glenn R. Plummer of UFCW Local 23, 412-261-0301/ CO: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23; All American
 Gourmet Co. ST: Pennsylvania IN: FOD SU:


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