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VEC will visit Volvo Thursday

Virginia Employment Commission representatives will be at Dublin’s Volvo plant this coming Thursday to arrange unemployment benefits for employees during the three weeks the plant will be shut down in the first quarter of 2009.
Jim McNamara, spokesman for Volvo Trucks North America, said plant employees draw unemployment benefits during shutdowns.
In order to be prepared for the Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9 closings, the Virginia Employment Commission will be signing up employees in advance, McNamara said.
Volvo’s Swedish parent company, Volvo AB, announced the scheduled shutdowns at the Dublin plant Thursday.
It also announced plans to lay off an undetermined amount of employees at its Hagerstown, Md., plant, to furlough other U. S. workers, and to reduce engine and transmission production.
Slow sales were blamed for the decisions.
As for whether there will be additional shutdowns at Dublin during 2009, McNamara said “production is determined by market demand.”
McNamara added, “We will continue to closely monitor our market and adjust production as needed.”
In addition to unemployment benefits, workers also may be eligible for what he called “Supplemental Unemployment Benefits” under the terms of their labor contract with United Auto Workers (UAW).

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VEC will visit Volvo Thursday

Virginia Employment Commission representatives will be at Dublin’s Volvo plant this coming Thursday to arrange unemployment benefits for employees during the three weeks the plant will be shut down in the first quarter of 2009.
Jim McNamara, spokesman for Volvo Trucks North America, said plant employees draw unemployment benefits during shutdowns.
In order to be prepared for the Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9 closings, the Virginia Employment Commission will be signing up employees in advance, McNamara said.
Volvo’s Swedish parent company, Volvo AB, announced the scheduled shutdowns at the Dublin plant Thursday.
It also announced plans to lay off an undetermined amount of employees at its Hagerstown, Md., plant, to furlough other U. S. workers, and to reduce engine and transmission production.
Slow sales were blamed for the decisions.
As for whether there will be additional shutdowns at Dublin during 2009, McNamara said “production is determined by market demand.”
McNamara added, “We will continue to closely monitor our market and adjust production as needed.”
In addition to unemployment benefits, workers also may be eligible for what he called “Supplemental Unemployment Benefits” under the terms of their labor contract with United Auto Workers (UAW).

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