06.17.08

Dole, Burr, Hayes Announce $2.43 Million Workforce Investment Grant

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr and Rep. Robin Hayes today announced the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the North Carolina Department of Commerce with $2.43 million in grant funding to aid 1,620 North Carolina workers affected by mass layoffs at Freightliner Trucks in Cleveland, N.C. and Jevic Transportation in Concord, N.C.

"This much-needed funding will give workers the tools and resources they need to transition to new jobs in the wake of these widespread layoffs," said Dole. "I applaud Secretary Chao for working with us to give these North Carolina workers access to career counseling, job training and family support services."

"I am glad that the Department of Labor has extended this grant to provide much-needed help for those who are facing tough times," Burr said. "North Carolina's workers and communities are resilient and talented, and this support will help in the economic recovery of the area. As our local communities roll up their sleeves, I believe the Congress must play its own part in promoting pro-growth policies to strengthen our economy."

"I am pleased these workers will receive this important funding from the Department of Labor," said Hayes. "I have always pledged that our office would do all it could to assist displaced workers from the 8th District and the State of North Carolina. This grant will make it more possible for these workers to receive expanded assistance and job training to help them make a successful change in their career."

The funding comes from the Department of Labor's National Emergency Grants Program (NEG), which is designed to supplement the resources and service capacity at the state and local levels by providing emergency funding in response to large dislocations and disasters.

According to the Department of Labor, affected workers will have access to a full array of dislocated worker services, including a nation-wide network of career centers to prepare for new jobs, career counseling services, and supportive services like child care and transportation. For workers needing to upgrade their skills, training for high-growth and high-demand occupations will be available.