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November 19, 2011

US Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to Assist Workers Affected by Layoffs at 12 Massachusetts Companies

US Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to Assist Workers Affected by Layoffs at 12 Massachusetts Companies
US Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to Assist Workers Affected by Layoffs at 12 Massachusetts Companies
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $2,261,417 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment services to about 365 workers affected by layoffs at 12 companies throughout Massachusetts, including four employee staffing businesses that provided workers for the other companies.

Layoffs Scheduled to Continue Through 2012

The layoffs, which began in May 2008 and are scheduled to continue until March 2012, are occurring at Biogen Idec in Cambridge, Commercial Sheet Metal in Canton, Covidien in Mansfield, EDO Fiber Innovations/ITT Corp. in Walpole, Henkel Corp. in Billerica, International Power America in Marlborough, Reveal Imaging Technologies Inc. in Bedford and Unilever-Breyers Ice Cream in Framingham. The staffing agencies include Kelly Services in Quincy, Randstad in Boston, Aerostek in Braintree and Total Technical Services in Waltham.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“This funding from the federal government is a step toward helping Massachusetts workers, who face a challenging market, find new employment,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The grant will support efforts to prepare these individuals for good jobs in high-growth occupations.”

Funds Are Awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development

Awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, the grant will provide training and supportive services for affected workers. Supplemental services will be available to workers who also have been deemed eligible for benefits in the form of Trade Adjustment Assistance. Those who are not eligible for TAA will receive the full array of employment-related services available under this grant.

Additional Funding May be Available at a Later Date

Of the $2,261,417 announced today, $998,078 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the commonwealth demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

August 23, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Idaho

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Idaho
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Idaho
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $1,825,595 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment services to about 250 workers laid off by XL Four Star Beef Inc., following the June closure of the company’s beef processing and packing plant in Nampa, Idaho.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“I know that it is difficult to find a job in an area experiencing high unemployment. That’s why this federal grant which will support the retraining of Canyon County residents is so important,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The Obama administration is committed to assisting both these workers, and at the same time Idaho’s businesses, by making sure the local labor force is ready and able to help support the state’s growing industries.”

Funds Are Awarded to the Idaho Department of Labor

The grant is being awarded to the Idaho Department of Labor, which will use skill assessment tools and career counseling to identify education and retraining opportunities, including English for speakers of other languages instruction. Of the total funding amount, $928,386 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

August 13, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Ohio

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Ohio
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Ohio
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $16,233,360 National Emergency Grant that will create 1,144 temporary jobs to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of spring storms and flooding that occurred in Ohio. Communities across 15 counties located in the Appalachian region were affected by the storms, which occurred between April 4 and May 15.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“The destruction caused by the floods this spring has placed a terrible strain on thousands of Ohioans, and they need to know their government stands with them as they work to make their communities whole again,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “These emergency funds will help local workers provide for their families as they raze destroyed buildings, repair buildings, and clear streets and streams of debris. After natural disasters like this, it’s critical that Washington steps up to help residents rebuild their neighborhoods and families rebuild their lives.”

Funds Are Awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

These funds are being awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Of the total award, $3.5 million will be released initially.

FEMA Declared 21 Counties Eligible for Assistance

On July 13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 21 Ohio counties eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. This grant will assist 15 of those counties, including Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington. Other counties may be added at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion. More information on designated disaster areas in Ohio is available from FEMA at: http://www.fema.gov/news/eventcounties.fema?id=15052.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

August 9, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $670,000 National Emergency Grant to provide re-employment services to approximately 145 former workers of FTCA, Inc. (FTCA) who were affected by layoffs at the company’s plant in Somerset, PA. FTCA closed the travel trailer and recreational camper manufacturing facility in January.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“Today’s grant will help these workers update their skills in order to obtain employment in growing local industries,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The Labor Department is committed to helping American workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, prepare for the jobs of the future.”

Grant Will Be Operated by Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board

Awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, this grant will be operated by the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board to provide these dislocated workers, all of whom are certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), with access to “wrap-around” and supportive services not available through the TAA program.

Additional Funding May be Available at a Later Date

Of the total award, $334,864 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

July 25, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Spearfish, South Dakota

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Spearfish, South Dakota
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Spearfish, South Dakota
The US Department of Labor today announced a $379,500 National Emergency Grant to provide training and employment services to about 200 workers affected by the closure of the Premier Bankcard call center in Spearfish, SD. The company announced in May that it would be closing the center and permanently laying off its workers.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“This grant will help dislocated workers by equipping them with the skills necessary to obtain good, stable jobs in the area’s high-growth industries,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Grant Awarded to the South Dakota Department of Labor

Awarded to the South Dakota Department of Labor, the grant will provide services that focus on supporting the needs of local industries, including health care and education.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

July 23, 2011

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Rochester, New Hampshire

US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Rochester, New Hampshire
US Department of Labor Provides Funding to Assist Workers in Rochester, New Hampshire
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $248,878 National Emergency Grant to provide training and re-employment services for about 60 workers affected by layoffs at Thompson/Center Arms in Rochester, NH, which began in January and will continue through the end of the year.

DOL Secretary Solis Comments on Grant

“This grant will help these dislocated workers by equipping them with the skills necessary to obtain good, stable jobs in New Hampshire’s high-growth industries,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. Will Operate Grant

Awarded to the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, the grant will be operated by Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. to prepare the workers for other manufacturing positions available in the area, as well as for positions in non-manufacturing companies in the southern New Hampshire labor market.

Thompson/Center Arms Is Part of Smith & Wesson Holdings

Thompson/Center Arms is a firearms manufacturer that produces pistols, rifles and accessories. The company became a part of Smith & Wesson Holdings in 2007.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

July 5, 2011

US Department of Labor Announces Assistance for Massachusetts Residents

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a $3 million National Emergency Grant to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts after severe storms and tornadoes struck the central and western areas of Massachusetts on June 1, 2011.

Grant to Help Repair Public Buildings and Schools

“By creating jobs, today’s grant will help repair the many public buildings and schools that sustained damage as a result of the severe weather,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “I am pleased that the Labor Department can assist Massachusetts residents as they recover from the storms and rebuild their communities.”

Grant Awarded To State Agency

The grant was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development.

Hampden County Is Eligible for Public Assistance

On June 15, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared Hampden County eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Worcester County has been declared eligible for Individual Assistance, but not for Public Assistance at this time. Additional counties may be included under the grant if FEMA determines such inclusion is warranted.

National Emergency Grants Are Part of Discretionary Fund

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state or commonwealth’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

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