Labor Dept grant helps laid off Northwest workers

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Labor is providing over $2.6 million in grants to help the 613 Northwest Airlines workers who lost their jobs in Eagan due to the merger with Delta Airlines.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis says in a statement Wednesday that workers who lose jobs through no fault of their own deserve training and employment services.

The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and will be operated by Dakota-Scott Workforce Services. The money will give laid-off workers access to services including basic skills training and individual career counseling.

The Department of Labor says the funds are made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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