More Federal Aid For Nummi Workers

Labor Secretary: $19M in aid for Nummi workers.

By EVELYN NIEVES
|  Monday, Jun 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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"We were told, take it or leave it."

Nummi workers vote on severance package

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Last Call at NUMMI

Employees, many with decades of experience, reflect on the closure of NUMMI.

"We were told, take it or leave it."

Members of United Auto Workers Local 2244 vote to accept or reject Toyota's $278 million severance package.
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The federal government is giving more than $19 million in emergency grants to aid thousands of autoworkers who lost their jobs when Toyota Motor Corp. closed its factory in Fremont.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday that the money will help provide job retraining and other support to more than 4,000 workers affected by the April shutdown of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant, known as NUMMI.

Solis says the money also will go toward helping employees of suppliers who lost business when the factory closed.

Some of NUMMI's former employees are expected to be rehired when the plant reopens as a joint operation between Toyota and electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

Tesla plans to use the factory to build an electric sedan scheduled to go on sale in 2012.
 

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