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POCA, W.Va. — The Rite Aid distribution center in Poca is going to stay open about 18 months longer than originally announced following a new labor deal between the company and Teamsters Union.

South Charleston-based Teamsters Local 175 approved the deal over the weekend that will keep the warehouse open until Nov. 2017 but layoffs will begin this summer.

The first round of furloughs is set for July 5 when 30 to 80 workers will lose their jobs. The workers falling under the longer agreement will be guaranteed 40 hours a week. The union said keeping the distribution center open longer will give more longtime employees an opportunity to reach retirement age.

Rite Aid announced earlier this year the Poca closure along with non-union distribution facilities in North Carolina and Alabama. The company plans to build a regional warehouse. The new union agreement says the Poca location would stay open if the other two facilities are not closed.

West Virginia workers will get pay raises and keep the health insurance under the new agreement. Those who lose their jobs both this year and in 2017 will get what the union describes as a significant severance package.

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  • J

    You don't know what you are talking about. 99% of the workers are hard working, come to work every day, volunteer for overtime when asked. Of course you always have a few at any job who call off and abuse the attendance policy but that is not the case here. Know what you are talking about before you comment next time.

  • As

    Apparently you are not familiar with the workers that have been there 30 plus years. Good workers that have put in lots of hours and revolved their life around rite aid. Yes in every work place you have a handful that makes everyone look bad, but there is a lot of hard working employees that I am very proud to work with everyday. Sounds like you are a disgruntled worker of a non union shop with less benefits and less pay

  • Fred

    The members of Teamsters 175 killed their own jobs, mainly by not showing up for work. Its that simple. Its true they are full of workmens comp milkers and their work rules cause great inefficiencies for their employers, but in the end it was those lazy bums who wanted a job but didn't want to work that ruined it for everyone.

  • TB

    Ironically, the liberals keep voting to kill jobs. Amazing it is.

  • DWL

    18 months more 'til union death and unemployment. Thank you oh magnanimous m0r0n in DC. Your destruction of the country continues with the help of the liberals and (d)'s. Keep their stupidity rolling unabated.