Westinghouse to lay off 400 more, Md. says Company is silent on disclosure in state agency's letter

$1,045,000 from U.S.

Glendening 'pleased' to receive grant for job-assistance center

Jobless aid

January 26, 1996|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s defense division in Linthicum expects to lay off an additional 400 workers this spring, according to a state application for federal money to assist more than 500 workers laid off the first of the year.

The disclosure surfaced in a letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening from the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Westinghouse previously had said that 510 workers in Maryland, the bulk of them at its Linthicum complex, were laid off at year's end. Those workers were notified in October and did not return to their jobs from the Christmas break.

The company said there would be more layoffs in Maryland during 1996, but never disclosed how many more would lose their jobs.

Ronald Windsor, director of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's displaced workers unit, said in an interview yesterday that a $1,045,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor would be used to help about 1,000 laid-off Westinghouse workers in the state find new jobs.

There was some confusion yesterday about exactly how many workers were furloughed.

A press release from Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski announcing the federal grant talked about 500 workers who recently were laid off. The letter to Mr. Glendening put the January layoff figure at 600.

Jack Martin, a spokesman for Westinghouse, said yesterday that he had no knowledge of more layoffs or of an increase in the number laid off after Christmas.

U.S. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich said in a U.S. Labor Department press release yesterday that the state had received $1,045,000 of the $1,250,000 it requested to assist the displaced Westinghouse workers. The money is to be used for job search and placement assistance, retraining, counseling and workshops on sharpening job-hunting skills.

"As this country continues to adjust to a changing national and international economy, it is critical that we retain the talents and skills of individuals whose work lives are affected but whose contributions to society are as vital as ever," Mr. Reich said.

"This is why training and retraining services are so critical to our nation's work force development," he added.

Dianna Rosborough, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Mr. Glendening was "very pleased" to get the grant money. She said it was extremely important because of the sharp cuts in federal funding to the state.

Mr. Windsor said similar grants have been awarded to Maryland to assist Lockheed Martin Corp. workers who lost their jobs in recent years at Middle River, and when the company closed an anti-submarine warfare equipment plant in Glen Burnie.

The grant money will be used to continue the operation of the job center that Westinghouse established on Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum to assist workers.

Mr. Windsor said the state will seek additional federal money to help the 600 workers who are due to lose their jobs at the Bausch & Lomb Inc. sunglass-lens manufacturing plant in Oakland.

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