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Re-employment benefits extended for former NUMMI workers, others

U.S. Labor Secretary offers $6 milion grant to help those directly affected by plant's closure two years ago

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $6 million grant Tuesday to continue re-employment services for more than 4,800 workers in the Tri-Valley and other parts of the Bay Area who were directly affected by the closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. auto plant in Fremont two years ago.

NUMMI was a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors that opened in 1984 but the plant closed on April 1, 2010, throwing 4,700 auto union employees out of work and also affecting thousands of employees at suppliers around the Bay Area and the state.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis came to a re-employment center across the street from the former auto plant on June 7, 2010, to announce a

$19 million national emergency grant to provide training and support services to help former employees prepare for and get new jobs.

The supplemental grant will continue those services. The Department of Labor said the grant will help former employees at NUMMI and at 39 suppliers which were affected by the plant's closure.

Solis said in a prepared statement, "In today's competitive economy, it is crucial for displaced workers to obtain in-demand job skills."

She said, "The additional federal funding announced today ensures that workers impacted by the NUMMI closure will have access to job training and placement services to help qualify them for and connect them with jobs in growing local industries."

The grant is awarded to the California Employment Development Department, which will provide training and support services for the former

employees.

Some former employees will receive assistance under the grant in conjunction with other services provided in the form of Trade Adjustment

Assistance benefits.

The Department of Labor said 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.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by William Teller
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:51 am

Once again union Obama supporters get benefits that nobody else in the private sector would. If the federal government is funding this, why aren't they funding job training and placement services for the massive amount of folks laid off from HP? And are there any metrics to show that spending this much money will have a positive economic impact or outcome for the workers? Probably not under Obama's economy.


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Posted by steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

Its all a shamm. Even the incompitant public workers wont get any of the money because the grate one Obama will sifone off the cream to pay off his terrorist buddies. Four years there have been programs for private secter workers and they never work. They just sit and collect tax money for hard workers like me. We cant expect it to work with the incompitants.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

It is interesting that the day that this grant was given, all of a sudden re-election signs for Pete Stark appeared around the perimeter of the NUMMI Re-employment Center (UAW union hall). This grant was given, not out of concern by the Labor Department, but the re-election bid by Pete Stark and his band of merry men (union bosses).

There were a number of companies in 2008 and 2009 that shed employees left and right with no concern for the WARN Act, no severance pay, and sometimes not even paying the employees' saved up vacation pay. I didn't see any public officials flocking to help these employees.

NUMMI employees were given 18 months warning before the plant closed. They were given severance and allowance pay. Oholone College bent over backwards to offer re-training assistance.

Enough is enough. If after 3 1/2 years if a person hasn't learned a new skill they never will. Time to cut the public assistance gravy train. Let Toyota pick up the tab. After all they are the ones that created this situation to begin with.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

@ Bill- if anyone is to pick up the tab, I would turn to General Motors. They were the other part of this joint venture that decided to leave. This is the same GM that also received a bailout, remember??


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

@Ron - your right :-)


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Posted by kim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

You are ALL right. What a sham.


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