Shutout Colibri jewelry workers rally for back pay, health care, severance
Hundreds of workers who lost their jobs when the Colibri jewelry plant closed without notice last month protested outside the company's headquarters yesterday, saying Colibri broke federal law by not giving ...
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#1 Mar 12, 2009
The 280 Colibri workers that were shut out of the factory on 1/14 are still in turmoil over the abrupt closing of the company. They are having trouble collecting unemployment because of misinformation given to them from the receiver at the time of the closing. There is no medical coverage for the employees and their families.
the Colibri Group is still banding together, however, to force Founders Equity-the investment company that owns the majority stock in Colibri to obey the Federal Warn Act. This law requires them to provide 60 days notice before closing, 60 days medical coverage, and severance pay to the workers. They gave none of these things. They just locked the door and walked away. The workers were just a $ sign and a # to them. This is the problem with private investors managing a company and not a person that is personally involved with the business himself--which was the case when Fred Levinger owned the company. He owned it and he cared about it and his employees.
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