Federal grant to assist former Chrysler workers in Kenosha get back to work


The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $2,601,207 grant to assist about 448 workers affected by the closure of the Chrysler Kenosha Engine Plant.

"The Labor Department is committed to helping all workers who have lost jobs through no fault of their own — including those in the nation’s auto communities," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Helping these workers in Wisconsin get back on a career path is good for working families, local communities and the economy as a whole. It makes sense and it’s the right thing to do."

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The grant will be operated by the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and will provide the dislocated workers with access to "wrap-around" and other supportive services not available through the TAA program.

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In August, Chrysler issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice announcing the permanent closure of its engine manufacturing facility in Kenosha. The plant closed in October, ending more than 100 years of auto industry employment in the city.

Of the $2,601,207 announced today, $1,207,576 will be released initially. Additional will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.


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