Mayor Allen meets with labor officials

Mayor Allen meets with labor officials
Date June 08, 2006
Section(s) Local News

NDN Staff Writer

Newton Mayor Chaz Allen is in Washington this week, meeting with federal officials to discuss the possibility of aid for laid-off Maytag employees.

Allen met with Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco on Wednesday and said the meetings helped him understand the process of applying for aid.

“It went incredibly well,” Allen said. “They were very receptive and very willing to make the best effort to get what we need.”

Allen said training adjustment assistance possibly could be obtained by applying. That funding would go to Iowa Workforce Development, which would then use it to help displaced Maytag workers receive additional training and learn new skills.

“They’re going to let us apply early,” Allen said.

Today Allen meets with Iowa congressmen Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Leonard Boswell for further discussions on aid.

Allen said Grassley wants the Department of Labor to send a community action team to Newton to learn firsthand what displaced workers here need.

“The Department and I will host an economic development and community adjustment meeting for city and local leaders, workforce and education professionals, and local economic development partners,” Grassley said in a released statement. “It’s my intention to work with the mayor and have this meeting scheduled as soon as possible so we can get the Newton community the assistance they need.”


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