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News Update for Thurs., June 5, 2014


SEIU-ConAgra agree on severance package, Carriage House sale conditions...

Members of the union representing more than 400 employees at Carriage House in Dunkirk and Fredonia say they have negotated a "fair" severance package with officials from parent company ConAgra.  SEIU Local-#266 President Tom Dickerson adds that ConAgra has also agreed to selling the two plants with no restrictions.  Dickerson adds he's glad -- quote -- "to report that we have achieved two of the three goals of our campaign for dignity and justice."  Dickerson says Local-#266 reached agreement with ConAgra last (Wednesday) night after two days of bargaining over the impact of the scheduled closing of the Carriage House facilities in Fredonia by the end of this year.  Union officials credited the outpouring of support from local business, civic, labor, religious and political leaders in recent months with making the difference.


JPS names new Director of Finance & Business Affairs...

A Buffalo-area native who's familiar with Jamestown has been approved as the Jamestown Public School's new Director of Finance and Business Affairs.  The school board last night okayed the appointment of Kevin Ziemba... who comes from the Cheektowaga-Sloan District near Buffalo.  He will replace the retiring Dale Weatherlow.  School Superintendent Tim Mains made the appointment... saying Ziemba's experience of 24 years in school business management stood out.  In fact... Mains says Ziemba's done most of what he'll be doing in Jamestown in pervious years.  Weatherlow is retiring at the end of the current school year on June 30.

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