LoBiondo to Support Emergency Grant Application on Behalf of Sands Casino Employees
Will Contact U.S. Department of Labor for Federal Assistance
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Gaming Caucus, today announced that he would be contacting the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of the estimated 2,100 employees of the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, who will be laid-off on November 1st due to the sale of the company.
"It is sad news that we will soon witness the closure of the Sands Casino Hotel - a true landmark of Atlantic City. While the future development of the site is very encouraging, my significant and immediate concerns are for the 2,100 employees and their families who will soon be affected by the mass lay-offs. I remain committed in supporting local and state efforts to assist these hard-working men and women, and will work with the relevant federal agencies in an attempt to provide as many resources as possible to minimize the impact of the announcement," said LoBiondo, who also serves as Co-Chair of the Republican Working Group on Labor.
At the press conference today hosted by the Sands Casino Hotel and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), the Department said that they would be applying for a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. These federal grants provide emergency financial assistance to state Labor departments to assist displaced workers when a large unanticipated closing or lay-off has occurred. A representative of LoBiondo's Mays Landing office attended today's press conference at the Sands Casino Hotel.
LoBiondo encourages current employees of the Sands Casino Hotel to contact the One-Stop Career Center, created by LWD in conjunction with the Atlantic City Mayor's office, for additional assistance. The Hotline -1-800-343-3919, weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - provides information on services available through the One-Stop Career Center and answers to any questions relating to layoff procedures and unemployment insurance. During non-business hours, callers may leave a message that will be returned the next business day.
"I applaud the coordinated efforts of the Sands, LWD, the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, the city of Atlantic City and all of its partners in working to assist the displaced employees and their families during this difficult time," concluded LoBiondo.