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TEAMSTERS JOBS RETURN TO PRE-STRIKE LEVEL AT UPS IN BUFFALO

Teamsters jobs at United Parcel Service in Buffalo are back up to the levels before the two-week strike in August, but business volume is off by about 6 percent, a union official said.

"As far as I know we have no one on layoff status at this point," said Bruce LeRoy, business agent of Teamsters Local 449.

UPS had put about 50 Buffalo workers on layoff in early September.

However, a number of "casual" workers without seniority are getting two or three days of work per week instead of the usual five, he said.

The company has told the union its volume of parcels in Western New York is down 6 percent to 8 percent, LeRoy said.

Bruce Gruebner, UPS manager of human relations in Buffalo, said he didn't know how shipping volumes compare with year-ago levels. Business now is on-target with company projections, he said.

UPS employs about 1,000 Teamsters members in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lockport, LeRoy said.

Bell Atlantic laying off 35 technicians this week

Bell Atlantic is laying off about 35 seasonal field technicians this week, obscuring what's actually a slight increase in regular, permanent jobs, the company said Friday.

The phone company, which merged with Nynex in August, still has about 50 temporaries on the payroll at its Millersport Highway location in Amherst, about 10 of whom will probably get permanent jobs, said Paul M. Alessi, executive vice president of Communications Workers of America Local 1122.

The company hires temporary workers in the summer as installation and construction work peaks, and to cover for vacations.

Demand for new lines fed by fax machines and computers is increasing the work load for line installation technicians, the company says.

Bell Atlantic employs about 2,100 people throughout its Western New York operations.

Business Council names two WNYers to board

The Business Council of New York State has elected two Western New York executives to its board of directors.

Elected to three-year terms are: Erland E. Kailborne, chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank, and Ronald M. Pirtle, a vice president of General Motors Corp. and general manager of Delphi Harrison, Lockport.

Re-elected to the 23-member statewide business group were: Harold R. Anderson, chairman and chief executive of Phoenix Metal Fabricating Inc., Jamestown; Gale S. Fitzgerald, chairman and chief executive of Computer Task Group Inc., Buffalo, and Gerhard J. Neumaier, president of Ecology and Environment Inc., Lancaster.

Leslie Funeral Home opens West Seneca unit

The Peter K. Leslie Funeral Home has opened a second facility at 250 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

The Leslie Funeral home will share space with the Sieck & Mast Funeral Home at the West Seneca address.

The business will continue to operate its chapel at 580 South Park Ave. in Buffalo.

Kidsway Day Care purchased

Kidsway Day Care Center, 2875 Union Road in Cheektowaga, has been purchased by Cornerstone Child Care Services Inc. The sale was handled by Fred Renzoni and Larry Woods of VR Business Brokers of Amherst.

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