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Federal training funds set up for displaced workers

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Gazette Staff
October 3, 2008
— Workers displaced from General Motors and three other companies soon could tap into a pool of $3.8 million in federal training money.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday it immediately will make $1.6 million available to help 785 workers at GM, Lear Corp. and LSI in Janesville and United Industries in Beloit.


The workers at GM and the supplier companies have been affected by GM’s decision to cut and ultimately cease production at GM’s Janesville plant.


Services will be provided through the Rock County Job Center. The funding will be coordinated with resources available through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Individuals will be offered training—both in the classroom and on the job—as well as job placement services.


The labor department has indicated that the $1.6 million could be increased to $3.8 million if the state shows a continued need for funding.


“While the economic challenges we face are very clear, this additional assistance is good news for the hardworking families affected by GM’s decision to eliminate the second shift at the Janesville plant,” Doyle said in a news release.


Sen. Russ Feingold said the funding is needed in challenging times.


“I am pleased to support this federal funding which will assist the state of Wisconsin and the Janesville and Beloit region as they seek to provide new job training opportunities to their highly skilled workforce,” he said in a news release.


Rep. Paul Ryan said he had mixed emotions on the funding.


“While these funds will go a long way to help provide a fresh start for those hit hardest in Rock County, the announcement serves as a fresh reminder of the economic hardships we face as a community,” Ryan said in a release.


“Our current credit crunch could significantly add to the burdens of Wisconsin families. I will continue my efforts to help pass an urgently needed economic rescue package in Congress this week. Without swift action to address our credit crisis, the panic on Wall Street will extend to the communities in Rock County that simply cannot afford more pain.”



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