U.S. DoL Assists Laid Off Evergreen Solar Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $408,403 National Emergency Grant increment for continued assistance to about 320 workers affected by the 2011 closure of Evergreen Solar Inc. in Devens and Marlborough, Mass., and layoffs of two of its staffing firms.

“The former workers of Evergreen Solar continue to face significant obstacles in finding good jobs in their region,” says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This funding will make it possible for these workers to receive training and reemployment services to help them find good jobs.”

A grant of $738,179 was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development Jan. 6, 2012, with $329,776 released initially. This latest incremental funding of $408,403 brings the total funds awarded for this project to $738,179. The grant will continue to provide assistance to about 320 of the 825 workers affected by the closure, in conjunction with services they are receiving as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits.

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.

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