Debra Jones, and incubation technician and forklift operator, said Castleberry’s administrators called a meeting at 9 a.m. on the plant floor, confirming to workers that the facility on 15th Street will close in November. Severance packages were explained, and human resources had a stack of letters for workers, Mrs. Jones said.
“Most of them, they just looked stunned,” she said.
Employees who have been there less than five years will get two weeks’ pay; those who have been there five to 10 years will get three weeks’ pay; and for those with more than 10 years, four weeks’ pay, Mrs. Jones said.
She has been at the plant for 30 years, having started there when she was 20 years old. Four weeks’ pay isn’t a severance package, she said, but an insult.
Employees were also told that GED classes and other training might soon be available. They were told they could make COBRA payments to continue their health insurance coverage, Mrs. Jones said.
“That’s three hundred and something a month,” she said. “Who can do that when you don’t have any income?”