Kerry, Kennedy, Frank, McGovern Announce former Quaker Fabric workers will receive emergency grant from Dept. of Labor
BOSTON - Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy today, along with Congressmen Barney Frank and James McGovern, announced that the Department of Labor is awarding a National Emergency Grant to aid former Quaker Fabric workers. The total award is for $617,515 and will go towards helping workers recently laid off at the Fall River plant. The funding will also provide them with wrap around services that are not covered by their recent TAA certification, including counseling, job search assistance and skills development.
"This is the least the government can do for the workers who were the heart and soul of Quaker Fabric. When hundreds of employees lost their jobs overnight last month, everything they counted on became uncertain. This funding will help get them the assistance and training they need to weather these hard times and begin rebuilding their careers and their lives," said Senator Kerry.
Senator Kennedy said, "The unexpected closure of Quaker Fabrics has left hundreds of working families struggling to get by. These much-needed services will help our neighbors get back on their feet, develop new skills, and build new opportunities for the future."
"I am pleased that this important, additional financial assistance will be made available to former Quaker employees. While my preference would be to make changes in our national economic policies that would prevent these kinds of closures from happening, as long as they do occur, we need to do all we can to see that those who lose their jobs receive as much help as possible," said Congressman Frank.
"I'm very pleased that the Department of Labor has approved this emergency grant, which will provide essential services for the workers at Quaker Fabric," Rep. McGovern said. "As we have said all along, when foreign trade negatively affects our workers, the federal government must step up and help."