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Brother, can you spare some tuna?

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Jevic Transportation employees, dumped unceremoniously when the company went bankrupt, have been fighting to get in the gate, not to voice their anger or serve a court summons, but to feed a half dozen feral cats that were accustomed to being cared for by Jevic workers.

The Delanco Company closed abruptly May 19, blaming rising fuel costs and a slumping economy for the shutdown.

Former employees, who were barred from the facility, pleaded for the right to get in and feed their feline friends. “We fed them every day,” said Annmarie Harrington, who gave the cats food, shelter and blankets for years. “After 18 years, it hurts.”

On the human side of the equation, the closure has had dire consequences too. Jevic’s shutdown cut off health care benefits and wages for 1,036 workers. For some workers, such as 27-year veteran driver Harry Whitworth, the loss of health care coverage was devastating. On the afternoon he heard he was losing his job, Whitworth also learned that the cancer in his wife’s lymph nodes was growing.

About 100 Jevic employees are suing, seeking class-action status under New Jersey and federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) acts. Under WARN, Jevic owed the workers 60 days’ notice.

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