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EDITORIAL: Community deserves straight talk from Kraft

The importance of Kraft Frozen Foods to the local economy is undisputed. The potato plant in Ontario is one of Malheur County’s largest employers. It’s a sizable taxpayer. Local businesses service and supply the industrial complex. That’s why the news last week of a major change in local plant operations was startling.

At this hour, it’s hard to know what to make of what Kraft Heinz is doing in Ontario. Employees and their union report that the plant is being reorganized, with new jobs created, old jobs modified, and some jobs eliminated. Workers by early this week were to “bid” for a job. In essence, they apparently have to apply to get or keep a job. The impact should emerge clearly in the coming days.

The worst impact would be the loss of workers. Employees might opt . . .