Local options can help those laid off get back on their feet (The Champaign News-Gazette)

When Heatcraft management announced the Danville branch’s closing, Ben Gabbard felt heartsick. Four months before the notice, he had led union negotiations, getting a three-year contract for the nearly 300 union employees. Too soon after, the 21-year employee and longtime negotiator for United Auto Workers Local 1271 had to help negotiate another contract – for a layoff package, including …

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