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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $875,000 in Additional Federal Relief for GM Lordstown Workers

September 24, 2019
Press Release

Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $875,000 in additional funding for a National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding will allow for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from four additional auto industry suppliers in Northeast Ohio.

In August of 2018, Ryan urged the Department of Labor to provide quick relief to Lordstown workers. Read more here.

“GM Lordstown’s closure was devastating for the Mahoning Valley and all of Northeast Ohio. The men and women who worked at the Lordstown plant produced world-class vehicles year after year.  They devoted their lives, working day and night, to make GM the company it is today. They did everything right. I am pleased that this additional funding has been made available to them, they need this relief,” said Congressman Ryan. “But let me be clear: this is not enough. Let’s not forget that it was the American taxpayers who bailed out General Motors a decade ago when they were on verge of bankruptcy, and now today their CEO earns $21 million per year – 281 times the wage of the average GM worker. President Trump came to Youngstown and told us not to sell our homes – but where is he now? I am working every day to do my part, but it is time for President Trump and GM to do theirs.”

All workers dislocated from these employers have been certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), enabling them to seek training through that program in order to find comparable reemployment. The funding provides these workers access to services not available through the TAA program, such as supportive services enabling participants to stay in training through completion and employment and training services for eligible displaced homemakers.

In September of 2018, Ryan announced $1.7 million in Federal Relief to workers impacted by GM Lordstown’s closure. Read more here