Reed Announces Assistance For ConAgra Employees

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced assistance for ConAgra employees in Dunkirk and Fredonia Monday. Help will come in the form of job training, additional unemployment insurance for individuals enrolled in training, job search allowance, reemployment services and more. The assistance will help nearly 100 employees in Dunkirk and more than 320 in Fredonia impacted by the facilities’ closure.

“Taking care of employees and making sure they have the help they need has been our primary concern from the beginning and today’s announcement means much-needed help is on the way,” Reed said in a statement. “With this help, families will have more opportunities to find solid employment with effective tools like job training.”

The Department of Labor issued approval for both Trade Adjustment and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance for ConAgra employees Monday. Reed spoke with union leadership to deliver the news and offer his continued assistance in getting employees the help they need.

“The work is not done and the entire community continues to work together for the best possible outcome for employees and their families,” Reed said. “Between the fair severance package we worked to secure and today’s assistance, employees are in a better position to get the training and assistance they need to get a job. Our office will continue to be a resource for employees throughout this entire process.”

Reed remains in contact with local officials, labor representatives and the Department of Labor to find a buyer to fill the facility.