State's Rapid Response team to host session to help Adams Big Y employees facing layoffs

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ADAMS — The state's Rapid Response Team will be in Adams on Monday to help dozens of Big Y employees navigate unemployment.

In an informational session, trained professionals will consult employees of the Big Y — which is set to close its Myrtle Street market in March — on how to receive unemployment benefits, how to obtain health health care, opportunities for job training and active job opportunities.

"We're trying to get the word out to as many Big Y employees as possible," said Heather P. Boulger, executive director of the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board in Pittsfield.

Big Y has said it will distribute flyers advertising the event to its remaining employees, Boulger noted.

The session is being held by the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, MassHire Career Center, and Rapid Response team, which is activated throughout the state when major layoffs occur.

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"The Rapid Response Team goes in and outlines the myriad of services that are available to the impacted workers," Boulger said.

With the Big Y closing, about 90 employees are currently or soon will be out of work. Company officials have said that they are working to transition ownership of the Myrtle Street store to a new grocery store, but Big Y employees would likely have to apply for a job with the new company.

The session, which is free of charge, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Adams Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac St.

For any Big Y employees who are unable to attend, they can contact MassHire at 413-442-7177 for the information provided at Monday's event.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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