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The town of Pittsford is offering jobs to workers displaced by the abrupt closure of three area Friendly’s Restaurants this weekend
“We have the jobs,” said Town Supervisor Bill Smith.
The jobs available are seasonal positions with the Department of Public Works and run from May through October, with a starting rate of $12 per hour.
“Sudden business closures create trauma and hardship for dedicated employees. But where there’s hardship, there can also be opportunity,” Smith said, adding that good applicants can be hard to find. ” A seasonal job with Pittsford can provide someone with an income while they look for a new, long-term job. We can help these folks while we help the town accomplish its goals for the season.”
Three Friendly’s restaurants in Monroe County closed suddenly over the weekend, part of a larger move by the company to close 23 locations across the northeast. The closures sparked a call on Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer for a federal probe into whether employees — who said they weren’t told in advance that they would losing their jobs — complied with all relevant laws regarding employee notice.
Local restaurants closed at 2 Spencerport Road in Gates, 3935 Dewey Ave. in Greece and 3081 W. Ridge Road in Greece.
Company officials have said they met all legal requirements.
Applicants for the Pittsford jobs must be at least 18 years of age, and provide the town with proof they were employed by Friendly’s as of April 1, 2019.
Additional information is available by calling the town’s Personnel Department at (585) 248-6227. The deadline to apply is April 23.
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