Targets Thousands Impacted By Closure of NUMMI Auto Plant
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today applauded that more than $19 million in Regional Federal National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds will be directed toward assisting more than 31,000 total workers from six counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Solano and Stanislaus) who have been affected by to the plant shutdown.
“Thanks to this much-needed Recovery Act funding, we can provide emergency assistance to those impacted by the NUMMI factory closure,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I thank Secretary Solis for expediting the application and the Department of Labor for granting the funds, which will help displaced workers transition to new opportunities.”
In September 2009, NUMMI announced the impending closure of its plant in Fremont. The State submitted a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) petition for the NUMMI employees on November 3, 2009 and the plant was TAA certified a little more than two weeks later on November 19, 2009. On March 4th, 2010 the State submitted the NEG for $33 million.
“I am proud of the State’s coordinated response to the NUMMI plant closure,” said Victoria Bradshaw, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. “This federal money will go a long way to help employees affected by the NUMMI closure acquire the skills they will need in order to compete in the 21st century.”
The NUMMI Blue Team was created to develop a plan to deal with the impact from the NUMMI plant closure. The Blue Team is composed of a variety of entities from both the public and private sector, including the Employment Development Department, TAA, Unemployment Insurance representatives of the seven most impacted local workforce investment areas and the Department of Labor.
This grant will leverage Wagner-Peyser, TAA and local Workforce Investment Area resources to provide a variety of purposes: outreach, recruiting, testing, assessment, transferable skills analysis, resume writing, job search workshops, job clubs, basic/remedial education, individual employment plans, career counseling, job placement, on-the-job training, classroom training, occupational or vocational skills training, marketing, in-depth supportive services, stress counseling, post placement follow-up, and other services as deemed necessary. Project operators will be managed by Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, San Joaquin County Employment and Economic Development Department, Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network, Stanislaus Alliance Worknet and Workforce Investment Board of Solano County.
These basic services will be provided through a multitude of places, including One-Stop Career Centers, the Labor Employment and Training Corporation and Chabot College Career Transition Services. Business outreach, recruitment and marketing services will also be provided. Participants can be co-enrolled in TAA and NEG grant funds.
Recently, Governor Schwarzenegger joined President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors Elon Musk and Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado to announce an historic new partnership between the automotive companies that will benefit California’s economy and environment. Toyota announced it will invest $50 million in Tesla Motors and will partner with Tesla to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs). Additionally, Tesla announced that it will acquire the NUMMI plant in Fremont and begin production of its Model S EV in 2012,which could create more than 1,000 jobs in California.
Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site (www.recovery.ca.gov) that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.