Laid-off Sparrows Point steelworkers will have access to federal aid for retraining and other benefits, the state said Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Labor approved the help through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. The steel mill is owned by RG Steel LLC, which filed for bankruptcy protection in May.
RG Steel workers and some contractors who have already been laid off — or who are let go between now and February — are potentially eligible for the help, aimed at Americans who lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The assistance includes training, wage subsidies and tax credits to help cover the cost of health insurance, and is in addition to a $3 million federal training grant announced Monday.
"It allows us to do more robust training — for instance, up to two years of college," said Scott Jensen, the state's interim labor secretary. "So instead of just retooling somebody, you can really make a career shift."
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