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Senators Kerry, Kennedy and Congressmen Neal and McGovern announce emergency funding to assist Massachusetts workers

November 13, 2006
Press Release

(BOSTON) Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy, along with Congressmen Richard Neal and James McGovern, today announced the Department of Labor has approved $927,957 in emergency funding to assist Massachusetts workers.
 
The Workforce Investment Act grant will help workers affected by the closing of Millbury’s Dresser Rand, Douglas’ Interface Fabrics, Milford’s Thermo IEC, and by the layoffs at Maxtor in Shrewsbury and William Wright in West Warren.  It will provide these workers with “wrap-around” services such counseling, care management and other follow-up services.
 
“This is critical help for workers whose lives have been upended by layoffs. It will give those who have been hurt the help they need to get back on their feet,” said Senator Kerry. “I commend the Department of Labor for working with the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development to recognize the needs of the working people in our state.”
 
“The plant closings and layoffs at these companies – all within the last several months -- dealt a harsh blow to hundreds of workers and their families in Worcester County and beyond,” said Senator Kennedy. “This National Emergency Grant will provide immediate assistance as these workers look for new jobs, helping the communities of Douglas, Millbury, Milford, Shrewsbury and West Warren rebound from this difficult moment.”
 
"This federal assistance will be a great help to families in central Massachusetts who have been directly affected by recent layoffs. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the United States Congress to try and assist these workers and their families during their time of need," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
 
"I'm very pleased that the Department of Labor has recognized the need to help these workers," Rep. McGovern said.  "It's essential that we do all we can to help them transition back into good-paying jobs."