Cardoza and Solis announced $19M grant to help laid-off NUMMI workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Dennis Cardoza and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced a $19 million grant aimed at helping workers affected by the recent closure of New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc., in Fremont, California.

The California Economic Development Department was awarded the funds that will be operated by the Stanislaus Alliance Worknet and San Joaquin County Employment and Economic Development Department. The funds will be used to provide former NUMMI employees various training and employment-related services that will allow them to re-enter the workforce and find good jobs.

The $19-million National Emergency Grant is being funded through the U.S. Department of Labor and aims to serve about 4,300 workers affected by the closure, as well as 39 other supplier companies affected by the closure, Cardoza's office said in a news release.

The NUMMI plant closed in April 2010. It had been a significant employer in the Bay Area, drawing commuters from the San Joaquin Valley and providing jobs through supplier companies there. After the closure, Tesla Motors bought the plant in May. Cardoza said he joined with other officials in requesting the plant remain open, as well as requesting fair treatment for employees losing their jobs.