The U.S. Department of Labor on November 23 announced a $2,073,235 grant to assist about 330 workers who reside in Massachusetts affected by layoffs and closings at 12 companies, 11 in Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.
The companies located in Massachusetts are: Big Y Store No. 2, Blackstone Medical, Callaway, Durham Manufacturing, Harvey Industries, Hasbro Inc., MassMutual Financial Group, Pyramid Management Group, Russell Corporation/Spalding, TD Banknorth and Soldiers Home in Holyoke. Workers at MeadWestvaco Corporation in Connecticut who live in Massachusetts also will be assisted by the grant.
"No worker should ever have to face a layoff, but we can help when jobs are lost," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This funding means that workers will have access to the training and employment services they need to get good jobs in promising industries."
Awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, this grant will be operated by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County. The grant will provide these dislocated workers, many of whom are also certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, with access to wrap-around and supportive services that are not available through the TAA program. Workers not eligible for TAA will have access to the full array of training and employment-related services under this grant. These services include adult basic education,English for speakers of other languages, and General Educational Development assistance.
Layoffs at the 12 companies covered under this grant began in December 2008 and are expected to continue through December 2010.
Of the $2,073,235 announced on November 23, a total of $1,012,455 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 awarded at the discretion of the secretary of labor based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG.