Labor Dept. releases $7.96 mil for NUMMI workers

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it’s releasing the remaining $7.96 million from a National Emergency Grant to keep providing re-employment and training services to about 4,455 workers affected by the closure of Fremont’s New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) and 39 of its supplier companies.

the former NUMMI plant“Today’s grant will result in continued support services and job training for auto industry workers in Fremont who lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a news release. “As our economy continues to improve, this grant will benefit employers, too, by providing grant participants with the skills and credentials that match 21st century needs.”

A grant of up to $19,042,012 was approved in June 2010, with almost $11.1 million released at that time. Awarded to the California Employment Development Department, this second release provides dislocated workers – many of whom also are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance – access to services including dependent care and transportation assistance. Workers of supplier companies whose TAA petitions were denied have access to a full array of training and employment-related services under this grant.

“It has been more than a year since the NUMMI plant’s closing and unemployment is still unacceptably high,” Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, said in his own release. “In this difficult economy, I am committed to creating jobs and providing the assistance that laid off workers need to hone their skills and remain competitive. The East Bay is a hub for innovation and green manufacturing and the funding announced today will help ensure that our workforce is prepared to fill new jobs in these areas.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.