About 40 layoffs at the New England Farm Workers Council

Cut in funding blamed for company restructuring

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – About 40 people are losing their jobs at the New England Farm Workers Council in Springfield as the non-profit business reorganizes after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of state funding. The re-structuring will affect the organization’s homeless and shelter unit.

Vanessa Otero, Deputy Director of Partners of Community will be leading the reorganization.  She told 22News, “Some funding is gone, so the positions are gone.”

The New England Farm Workers Association is a human services agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income people across New England.

Otero says there are about 40 layoffs, but 27 positions will be available, and those job openings will be filled internally. She anticipates that many of the open positions will be filled by the people who were laid off, since they can reapply.  Otero mentioned the loss of state funding, specifically from HAP.

Positions have been reconfigured to streamline shelter services. “This centralization of services,” says Otero, “this sort of point-of-contact way of doing business, alleviates a lot of miscommunication, a lot of of duplication of work.

Otero told 22News that down-sizing provides more opportunity to improve efficiency.
James Little of West Springfield told 22News he’d like to see more state funding allocated for agencies like the New England Farm Workers Association. “The roads are alright, but now the people need the money more than the roads do.”

The organization plans to provide references and recommendations for any laid off workers who are not re-hired to other jobs.

There will be no pay-cuts for the workers rehired for those 26 new positions.

 

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