Workers affected by layoffs in Hampden Cty to get assistance

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A National Emergency Grant worth over a million dollars will be used to assist workers who were laid off at five companies in Hampden County.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday that a $1,576,221 National Emergency Grant will be used to assist about 250 workers affected by layoffs in Hampden County.

According to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, “Workers in western Massachusetts may have worked for many years with a single employer, and, after these layoffs, they are looking for employment that require new skills and training.”

The grant will aid the laid off workers by providing re-employment services that will help them find new good jobs, and that includes training. Also, employment-related services allowable under a National Emergency Grant will be available to those workers not eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Dept. of Labor office reports that most of the layoffs happened towards the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, in January. These workers were employed at the following companies: Avery Dennison Corp., Dow Jones & Co. Inc., Hasbro Inc., Exelis Inc. and Southworth Co.

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