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Politicians and service coordinators promise support for laid off workers

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Gazette staff
April 29, 2008

“These job cuts in Janesville will cause severe challenges for families here in Wisconsin. As communities, we must help our neighbors through these difficult times. As a nation, we must aggressively respond to our economic challenges from job losses, to skyrocketing energy prices, to the mortgage crisis.”


—U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin


“This is very disappointing news for Janesville, the hardworking families who will be affected, and the entire State of Wisconsin … These are good jobs that are important to this community and our entire state. I have directed my administration to pursue all opportunities to assist the families who are now in transition and to work with local officials and business leaders to bring renewed economic development to the community.”


—Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle


“We have always had a good working relationship with GM. We have quite a bit of services the workers can tap into to help get them back on their feet, whether it be retraining, unemployment, health care, benefits questions or updating resumes.


“We are looking at a much larger number of people than we normally intake. Once we understand the number of employees turning to us, we’ll better understand what’s available. We fully expect we’ll be meeting with GM in the next couple weeks.”


—Rock County Job Center Manager Shannon Moe


“My heart goes out to all of the workers whose futures are thrown into uncertainty due to this announcement. This will be a major transition not only for individuals and families, but for the economy of the Janesville region.


“The news is unfortunate but not entirely surprising, given the state of the economy and the price of gas. The economy will rebound at some point, and I hope that the second shift, the wages, and the benefits at the Janesville plant rebound as well.”


—Wisconsin Sen. Judy Robson


“This news is very disappointing. I will work closely with those in Janesville facing uncertainty in the months ahead and do all that I can to ensure that they get the assistance they need.


“Time and again, the resilient Janesville community has pulled together to support one another, and I trust that we can do so again during these difficult economic times.”


—U.S. Rep Paul Ryan


“I’m disappointed but not surprised. This was clearly market driven, but I feel bad for the 750 people who will lose their jobs. I hope the economy turns around and GM can re-employ these people.”


—Janesville City Manager Steve Sheiffer


“My heart goes out to the many families affected. It not only affects (the GM families) but also Lear and LSI (as it trickles down). My hope is that we can come together as a community and help our neighbors. Any job loss is a major adjustment (with) so many families affected. I hope we can support them as a community.”


—Janesville City Council President Amy Loasching


Read more in our special section on the GM cutbacks.

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