$984K DOL grant to assist laid-off Severstal plant workers

RP news wires

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $984,248 grant to assist approximately 130 workers affected by layoffs at five Severstal locations – four in Ohio and one in West Virginia – and one supplier, Kinder-Morgan, located in Pennsylvania. Those eligible for services under this grant are Ohio residents.

"Workers in the steel industry have not been immune to the reduced consumer demand resulting from the recession," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "It is our duty to help these individuals access the services they need to upgrade their existing skills, or gain entry into new jobs in promising regional industries."

The grant is awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It will be operated by the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services and the Jefferson Community Action Council Inc. The grant will provide these dislocated workers, most of whom are also certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, with access to wrap-around and supportive services such as dependent care and transportation assistance, which are not available through the TAA program. Workers who are not TAA-certified will have access to an array of training and employment-related services through this grant. These may include skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training.

Of the $984,248 announced on October 14, $492,124 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

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. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.

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