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More money to help former NUMMI workers

It’s pretty clear that if you’re going to get laid off, it’s better to have worked at a major auto plant.

FREMONT – Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis today announced a National Emergency Grant of $19 million from the Department of Labor to help workers who recently lost their jobs with the closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) plant.  The announcement came following a tour of the NUMMI Re-Employment Center in Fremont.

“This funding will give NUMMI workers opportunities for education and job retraining to help get them back to work,” said Rep. Stark. “As the East Bay attracts green manufacturing jobs, this grant will help our skilled workforce stay ready for these opportunities.  This grant continues significant federal assistance that has also included a grant to the city of Fremont and Trade Adjustment Assistance for thousands of workers.”

The grant will provide up to $19,042,012 in funding to the California Employment Development Department, with $11,082,639 released immediately.  The money will allow local Workforce Investment Boards to provide services that include career guidance, job search skills training, resume review, skills assessment and labor market information.

Matt Artz