Senator Tony Lourey: Training & Benefits for Former Match Mill Employees
I was devastated to hear about the pending closure of the match and toothpick factory expected later this year. No doubt this closure will greatly impact our community. I write this column to let workers impacted by the factory closure know they are eligible for state and federal aid, training, and reemployment assistance to help families get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) operates the Dislocated Worker Program to help workers get back to work as quickly as possible, free of charge. Services are tailored to address an individual’s specific needs and will help to take the stress and uncertainty out of finding a new career. In addition to Unemployment Insurance, former employees may qualify for Career Planning and Counseling, Job Search Assistance, Counselor-Approved Training and Support Services. DEED will be organizing meetings for people impacted by the closure in the coming weeks to discuss these resources.
The federal government may also have some resources available from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) pending certification that the layoff is “trade affected”. TAA provides numerous training programs and benefits for workers who have been trade affected and are looking to get back to work as quickly as possible. DEED is actively working to make these additional benefits available to you.
For more information, assistance, or access to additional services contact the Cloquet Workforce Center at 218-878-5000, visit www.mn.gov/deed/dw, or call or email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org and 651-296-0293.
This column was first published in the Pine City Pioneer.