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Feds offer $19 million 'emergency grant' to help unemployed NUMMI workers

McNerney says unemployment rate in parts of his district now at 24%

East Bay elected officials yesterday welcomed a $19 million emergency grant from the federal government to help workers affected by the recent closure of the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the grant at a news conference at a re-employment center across the street from the shuttered NUMMI plant. The event was attended by former NUMMI employees, union leaders, local government officials and three East Bay congressmen.

Congressman John Garamendi, (D-Walnut Creek) told Solis, "I know the president cares deeply (about former NUMMI workers) and has sent you here with the checkbook. The assistance you're bringing is really needed and we've got to do it."

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) said that although the grant is welcome news, Monday's announcement was still "a somber occasion" because NUMMI's closure on April 1 after 25 years of producing cars for General Motors and Toyota threw 4,700 union employees out of work and also affected thousands of employees at suppliers around the state.

McNerney said parts of his district have unemployment rates as high as 24 percent and called the grant "a ray of hope."

Solis said the closure of the NUMMI plant was "a tremendous blow to all of us" and said the grant will go toward retraining displaced workers for new jobs and providing support for their families.

Solis applauded the announcement by Tesla Motors and Toyota on May 20 that they're forming a partnership to build electric cars at the site.

Tesla said the new production, which is expected to start in 2012, will create about 1,000 jobs initially.

Solis urged the new partnership to hire former NUMMI employees and Garamendi called for it to be a union shop, as was NUMMI.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by Clueless
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

"Garamendi called for it to be a union shop, as was NUMMI"

WOW! I'm speechless. Some people just never learn or perhaps they just say anything to get a vote. In any case, we are to blame for voting these morons into office.


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Here's the cliff notes version:
East Bay elected officials...$19 million emergency grant...federal government...U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis...shuttered NUMMI plant...union leaders...Garamendi(D)...president cares deeply...sent you here with the checkbook...McNerney(D)...4,700 union employees out of work ...Garamendi called for it to be a union shop.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hey Clueless you are NOT CLUELESS. You are so right, we the people are the blame for voting these CLUELESS moron's into office. What a slap in the face to all the other folks that have been laid-off...what make's the NUMMI people so special...they also received a great severance. The Obama group is worse than a natural disaster, they are a clueless disaster. The only left now is for everyone laid-off in Garamendi's area to file for the same help...Cho-Hoy...Vet's know what that means.

And speaking of clueless, here's another stupid statement by Solis about electric cars. The NUMMI plant building the BS car will not survive 12 months. It will last just enough time to suck the grant money account dry...mark my words folks. They would be better off making electric toasters.

I can't wait until the Manchurian President is gone...far, far away.

Thank you, Julia for Alamo


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

YES!

eeh eeh eet, eeh eeheet...

For those of you who don't vote, tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Attention folks...The eeh eeh eet, eeh eeh eet guy is expressing himself again.

Julia


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Posted by Non union white guy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:03 am

I'm angry & broke from pouring more and more $$ into these 'pet' multi million $$ 'exceptions'. I'm a mechanical engineer of capital equipment for tech companies. 200 employees last year, 10 today, and is closing...company simply out of cash, and no LOANS or government $$ for these middle-class taxpayers !!Not sure what this non-union, white guy with 4 kids in or ready & wishing for college will do !! Is there no end to the Billions for solar operations that will start in SEVERAL YEARS ! ! and union shops, and city/county UNIONS. I'm angry and broke. Must drain my personally funded 401k to make house payments..retirement?? never. College? since they're white guys too, there are no scholarships or aid for them. ( if you think there is, you don't know, next year's rules are NOT last year's rules, check facts).


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Posted by Buying Votes
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

Politics as usual. On Monday, the day before the Primary Election, Fed officials & 2 Congressmen collectively stage a "Photo Op" of handing out OUR Federal dollars. As part of the sound bite, a Congressman urges that the new operator be a complete Union shop... Does anyone else see this as OUR precious money being used to try and buy OUR precious votes the day before an election? Does our local media "get it" that they were supposed to run this story today, a story paid for with OUR money!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

Wise choice...VIVA UNIONS!

Union workers also pay taxes! It's their money to...did you forget?


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Posted by James
a resident of Mariposa Ranch
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

Can someone point out the section in the Constitution that outlines this as a responsibility of the federal government?


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

jimf01 is a registered user.

Congressman John Garamendi, (D-Walnut Creek) told Solis, "I know the president cares deeply (about former NUMMI workers)

He had better show some care, after all, it was his plan that MADE them into former NUMMI workers.
- Obama comes into office
- Obama fires the head of GM
- Fed government takes over GM, leaving the stock worthless.
- Obama hands over a chunk of GM to the UAW union pension fund, as payback for getting him elected.
- Just months later, GM pulls out of NUMMI, leaving Toyota with an enormous amount of unused manufacturing capacity in the middle of the biggest recession since 1929
- Toyota makes a business decision to pull out as well.
- Jerry McNerney writes a letter
- Months later, Jerry McNerney writes another letter. Thanks Jerry!

McNerney said parts of his district have unemployment rates as high as 24 percent

And McNerney's supporters still tout the wonderful job that McNerney has done for his district?!? Trying to figure out what he has accomplished, besides 24% unemployment in his district and writing two letters to Toyota?

Jerry McNerney also strongly backs cap-and-trade legislation, which will doom more manufacturing and related jobs in California, increasing the cost of producing ANYTHING in this country and making offshoring more profitable. Just what China wants, our new puppet masters.

How much more of Jerry McNerney can we take? The $19million from stimulus funds is adding to our deficits, and offers a "ray of hope"?

Jerry McNerney's own office estimated that the NUMMI closure could affect or eliminate up to 35,000 jobs in the region, lets see divide that by $19million and you get about $500 per worker.
Filter that $500 in aid through The Federal Dept of Labor, their press release states the money is "Awarded to the California Employment Development Department, this grant will be operated by the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, the San Joaquin County Employment and Economic Development Department, the Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network, Stanislaus Alliance Worknet and the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County."
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After all those layers of bureaucracy: fed, state and county government, how much goes to an actual worker, and how much is used to keep government employees on the job?

Your (and your kids and their kids) tax dollars at work!


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Posted by Freedom
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

Every body has the right to vote outside the company and inside the company as well and if we take this freedom of choice for granted we will all be communists or just simply just taking freedom for granted.
If all the ex-nummi employees get some help , thank God , do not be jealous little children.
Everybody voted for the union because we have the right to in this country, So whoever cuts down the unions are cutting down freedom,
Have you ever been fired because your too old or just speak your mind, if you have then you will see the light and then you will have learned your lesson well, but I guess some people just learn the hard way or just remain jealous little children that just let companys move out of this country , if you what to blame unions for this, then it's time too grow up and realize that most of our elected official are slowly selling out the american people for greed, just look at the beaches in the gulf of Mexico and southern U.S. and ask your self why do we all tolerate the oil companies and arm's dealers and morgage bankers, IRS. The oil companies are holding back technology like electric cars and all the governments are collecting billions of dollars in oil/gas taxes. The least the politicions can do is to give us a hand out for letting the companies move out of this country , did you know why we don't have jobs here because we americans are not united (to many distractions playing with the foreign toys and now there is a asian massage polar on every street corner and all the foreigners are taking advantage of our rich weaknesses and our politicians are just all sold out. Thank God for our President who is trying to change this.
California coast was secured by greedy gold rush diggers from the east which the U.S. government promoted to take over california from the Spanish, some english can't understand why almost all of the cities in california,colorado have Spanish names LOL.
Greed created this country and greed is distroying this country, politicians say the free trade aggreement is good for domacracy, If we have no internal back bone in the country the foreigners will keep feeding on us like volchurs. So if you are a foreigner thank God us americans tolerate you.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I'm delighted that workers who are capable of working will be returning to work!

VIVA UNIONS!

may all the jealous bugs drop...drop...drop...

eeh eeh eet, eeh eeh eet...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Web Link MUST SEE..


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Posted by Diva
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

"If we have no internal back bone in the country the foreigners will keep feeding on us like volchurs"

Then stop relying on our friends from south of the border to clean your house and trim your lawn. DIY! Also stop China from exporting us all those cheap goods so we can buy overpriced union-made goods from the U.S.A. While you're at it, ask those freaks from Japan and China to stop buying our debt so we won't be encouraged to spend spend spend. With all that said, let's just blame Canada!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

The UAW will destroy Tesla.

UAW....where is your sign thanking Toyota for essentially giving Tesla the NUMMI plant? As soon as Toyota pulled out you were quick to publically blame Toyota for destroying the California economy......yet never spoke ill of GM for forcing the decision?


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Posted by why
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I guess I don't quite get why these employees get bailed out and there are so many more that don't? Why are we still bailing out people that got better severance packages than most others that lost jobs?

We need a better government - fiscally responsible government.


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Posted by non union white guy is 100% right
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

He said it all correctly!


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