Wisconsin's 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan announced today a U.S. Department of Labor national emergency grant to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The Wisconsin DWD will receive an initial award of $1.6 million to assist dislocated workers in Rock County's automotive industry, including workers at General Motors, Lear Corporation, Logistics Services Inc., and United Industries. All affected workers will have access to the full array of dislocated worker services. The U.S. Department of Labor has indicated that this amount could be increased to $3.8 million if the Wisconsin DWD demonstrates the continued need for funds above the initial award.
Following today's announcement, Ryan issued the following statement:
"I announce this much needed assistance with mixed emotions. While these funds will go a long way to help provide a fresh start for those hit hardest in Rock County, the announcement serves as a fresh reminder of the economic hardships we face as a community.
"Our current credit crunch could significantly add to the burdens of Wisconsin families. I will continue my efforts to help pass an urgently needed economic rescue package in Congress this week. Without swift action to address our credit crisis, the panic on Wall Street will extend to the communities in Rock County that simply cannot afford more pain.
"Knowing the spirit and strength of those I serve, I remain firmly optimistic that our best days are still ahead. I extend my gratitude to those at Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development for their leadership in securing this grant. I will continue to work closely with state, local, and union leaders, who have offered a comprehensive incentives package to GM, in hopes that GM will reverse its decision and the funds from this grant will not be necessary."