|TOMMY G. THOMPSON Governor |
State of Wisconsin
For Immediate Release – Mar. 24, 2000
Contact: Rachel Biittner (608)266-8710
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $500,000 IN EMERGENCY FUNDS
Federal money will assist dislocated workers in Milwaukee area
MADISON – Gov. Tommy G. Thompson today announced the State of Wisconsin will receive $500,000 in emergency federal assistance to help 250 workers displaced by the closure of the U.S. Leather plant in Milwaukee.
"We’re delighted to hear the federal government is stepping forward to assist the State Department of Workforce Development in funding outreach services to displaced workers in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. The funding will go a long way toward assisting the state in providing job placement, training and education services," said Gov. Thompson.
The array of services the DWD provides to dislocated workers includes:
Job training and placement services will be provided through the Milwaukee Private Industry Council.
"Any time there is a loss of jobs, there is an impact on the community. We are working diligently to lessen that impact and ensure our families find new employment," said DWD Secretary Linda Stewart.
The State Department of Workforce Development made the emergency request for funding in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday, Feb. 15.