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Labor Department Gives Additional Grant for Ex-NUMMI Employees

The $6 million grant will extend re-employment services for the more than 4,800 employees who worked at the Fremont auto plant.

By Bay City News Service

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $6 million grant Tuesday to continue re-employment services for more than 4,800 workers 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.

Jaime June 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Enough is enough already. They've had over two years to get training and jobs. Take the baby bottle away already. You are now in the real world... Sink or swim! The vast majority of people that get laid off get nowhere near the benefits you guys have gotten. For what? Face it, you guys got paid way too much for a job that required very few useful transferable skills and now you guys are crying about not finding work! You guys should have taken care of the company while there was still time to do so. 99.5% of the people that get laid off don't have it half as good as you guys do!
Jessica June 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Says the guy that probably NEVER worked for Nummi a day in his life! And it wasn't the workers, if you did have your facts straight, and I do mean straight, the workers voted for a pay cut but the damn union voted no & wanted more MONEY from Nummi & GM and that's why the plant closed besides GM pulling out with their joint venture with Toyota. And people that are ignorant like you think they got all this money, uncles Sam took 45% of whatever they received you ignorant A$$!! And when most of the people went to try to get job training they were weren't allowed to go to school to be re-trained! My family members have worked there 25+ years and they have paid their fair share! So are you trying to say Americans that have worked their WHOLE LIVES SHOULDN'T GET ANY HELP!?!?! MAYBE YOU NEED TO LOSE YOUR JOB! My dad bust his A$$ for what he has so I suggest you man up and shut your mouth & get YOUR FACTS RIGHT!
Jaime June 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Someone is angry... I know many people that worked at NUMMI. Friends and family. That place was just like GM was before it closed and people are surprised it was shut down? People faking injuries and on workman's comp longer than they actually worked there. And they still cried and got a severence package! My point was that most people that have been laid off in this country have not received anywhere near what these guys have and now they are going to get more. With almost 20% of our working population either unemployed, underemployed or just given up looking for work, I don't think NUMMI employees should be given preferential treatment over others.

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