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Intalco Workers React to News of NY Plant Rescue

Articles in The Bellingham Herald and New York Times yesterday, November 24th, describe the scenario in which an Alcoa plant in Massena West, New York, similar to the Alcoa Intalco Works plant here in Ferndale, had been recently saved from being shut down as a result of subsidies to be given Alcoaย by the State of New York. According to a Reuters article,

Alcoa Inc will receive almost $70 million in aid over 3-1/2 years from New York state to keep the Massena West, New York, aluminum smelter open, under a deal announced on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the Intalco plant workers have notย heard about anything similar being discussed with Washington State officials as they face layoffs in the upcoming months due plans to shut their smelting plant.

According the article posted by The Bellingham Herald,

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Charlene and Erika make hundreds and hundreds of bouquets each flower season for Seattle Metropolitan Market, Haggen, as well as our own store, weddings, and special events. โฃ
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Saturday August 15th at 11 AM, they would love to teach you how to make your own flower bouquet right here at the farm. ๐Ÿ’โฃ
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Using a variety of Boxx-grown flowers right from our field, they will assist you in how to make that perfect bouquet for you to take home and enjoy.โฃ
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We will only be accepting 10 people for social distancing purposes. If you are interested in joining us, please message the farm before 8 AM Saturday 8/15 via Facebook! โฃ
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โ€ข Cost is $30 per person; cash, check or pay by credit card in store.โฃ
โ€ข All flowers will be provided. โฃ
โ€ข Bring your own vase. (If you donโ€™t bring a vase, you will still be able to arrange the flowers. We have ties available.)โฃ
โ€ข We will be doing this outside so dress comfortably as it will be warm tomorrow. โฃ
โ€ข Have fun! โฃ

**The picture in this post is not the exact bouquet you will be making on Saturday; itโ€™s just an example**
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**๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ญ๐™ญ ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ง๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ข - ๐™๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™š๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ**โฃ
โฃ
Charlene and Erika make hundreds and hundreds of bouquets each flower season for Seattle Metropolitan Market, Haggen, as well as our own store, weddings, and special events. โฃ
โฃ
Saturday August 15th at 11 AM, they would love to teach you how to make your own flower bouquet right here at the farm. ๐Ÿ’โฃ
โฃ
Using a variety of Boxx-grown flowers right from our field, they will assist you in how to make that perfect bouquet for you to take home and enjoy.โฃ
โฃ
We will only be accepting 10 people for social distancing purposes. If you are interested in joining us, please message the farm before 8 AM Saturday 8/15 via Facebook! โฃ
โฃ
โ€ข Cost is $30 per person; cash, check or pay by credit card in store.โฃ
โ€ข All flowers will be provided. โฃ
โ€ข Bring your own vase. (If you donโ€™t bring a vase, you will still be able to arrange the flowers. We have ties available.)โฃ
โ€ข We will be doing this outside so dress comfortably as it will be warm tomorrow. โฃ
โ€ข Have fun! โฃ

**The picture in this post is not the exact bouquet you will be making on Saturday; itโ€™s just an example**
โฃ
#boxxberryfarm #pnw #whatcomcounty #bouquets #flowers #farm #flowerfarm #upickfarm #summer
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This looks so fun! I won't be able to make it out tomorrow but hopefully this will be offered again in the future ๐Ÿ˜Š

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We are not actively seeking funding from the state (of Washington) or other sources,” said Josh Wilund, a spokesman for Alcoa, when asked about the Wenatchee and Ferndale plants.

On their Facebook page, International Machinists Local 2379 posted the Bellingham Herald article with the caption,

If you had any doubt about what kind of political support we have in Olympia, this should clarify a few things for you.

On a recently created Facebook page, NW Intalco Families, administered by family members of employees facing layoffs, the New York rescue effort generated a call to action to contact Washington State politicians.

This has been brought to our attention and employees have begun to contact and write to our governor and senators to try to get them to fight for us.

Workersย and others interested in contacting Washington Stateย officials can use the following links:

 

 

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