WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant application submitted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The grant will provide up to $1,750,000, with an initial award of $875,000, for Lordstown workers impacted by GM’s significant layoffs over the last two years. The funds will provide employment and training services to approximately 337 of the 1,686 workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from three additional auto industry suppliers in northeastern Ohio.
Following the GM layoffs, Brown and Ryan wrote to DOL Secretary Acosta urging the department provide relief for the workers and families in Northeast Ohio. Brown and Ryan encouraged the State of Ohio to apply for the grant.
“After Ohio gave millions to this company, GM turned around and laid off thousands of workers – all while making record profits and reaping the rewards of the tax bill,” said Brown. “This Department of Labor grant will help the workers who built this company access the resources and retraining needed to find new jobs and support their families.”
“I welcome this federal assistance for workers laid-off by GM Lordstown. General Motors’ sudden and drastic employment reduction has not only harmed the economic security of workers at the Lordstown Assembly Complex. The massive layoffs are sending ripples through the broader automotive supply chain, adversely affecting the entire region. These cut backs were no fault of the workers, who are the best our nation has to offer. I will continue to fight in Congress to make sure that every single worker at the Lordstown facility is taken care of until they can be hired back, or find work elsewhere. I will also keep up the pressure on the Trump Administration and GM leadership to take any and all steps necessary to assure the facility has place in our community. My goal is and will remain a fully staffed, robust production facility at GM Lordstown. The economic wellbeing of Northeast Ohio depends on it,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
GM’s announcement that it would lay off the second shift at the Lordstown plant came just over a year after GM laid off the third shift, or 1,200 workers, at the same facility. GM is the primary employer in the region, and the elimination of nearly 3,000 jobs at the plant over the last two years has had significant economic consequences for the northeast region of Ohio.
National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor to provide resources to states and other eligible applicants in response to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses. This funding is intended to temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers, including military service members, and meet the increased demand for employment and training services, with a purpose to reemploy laid off workers and enhance their employability and earnings.
A copy of the letter Brown and Ryan sent to DOL on August 22, 2018 can be found below:
Dear Secretary Acosta:
We write in support the National Dislocated Worker Grant application submitted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in the wake of the recently announced layoff of 1,500 workers at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. We urge you to process this application expeditiously.
GM’s announcement that it would lay off the second shift at the Lordstown plant comes just over a year after GM laid off the third shift, or 1,200 workers, at the same facility. GM is the primary employer in the region, and the elimination of nearly 3,000 jobs at the plant over the last two years will have significant economic consequences for the northeast region of Ohio. A National Dislocated Worker Grant will be critical to ensuring the Lordstown community and northeast Ohio have the resources they need to help the affected workers get the workforce training and job placement services they need to find new jobs.
We urge you to consider Ohio’s application for these funds as quickly as possible so that the workers and the community can begin the process of recovering from these layoffs.
Senator Sherrod Brown
Congressman Tim Ryan