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Update: Jeld-Wen Working with Union to Buy Time to Put Employees Back to Work

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Rusk Co. (WQOW) - Hundreds of workers at a window manufacturer are wondering about their jobs.

This year Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors in Hawkins has temporarily laid off more than a third of its workforce. Thursday, 247 employees received a letter from the company.

Some of the temporary layoffs were suppose to last for six months, and the company says it "cannot say with confidence that employees currently on layoff will be returning to work anytime in the next two months." That's when the first of those temporarily laid off would lose their jobs permanently.  Jeld-Wen is working with the union to extend some of those timelines, but at the end of the letter, it says, "this does not mean that your employment with Jeld-Wen is ending."

Jeld-Wen is hopeful the extension will go through and is confident that by the end of September, it will be able to return as many laid-off employees as possible back to active work.

If an agreement cannot be met and the company can't recover quickly, these workers will start permanently losing their jobs in July.  Demand for windows is down because of the poor housing market.

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