Those who lost jobs after the Simpson Lumber Co. closed its mill in June are now eligible for occupational retraining and other benefits under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
The U.S. Department of Labor ruled that hundreds of displaced workers will receive occupational help through the assistance program, which helps retrain and re-employ workers who lost jobs due to international trade.
Through Washington’s WorkSource centers, the program helps retrain and re-employ workers by helping them with job searches and relocation as well as providing information on unemployment benefits, job training, career counseling and job-search assistance.
“The program will help Simpson workers pick up the pieces and rebuild their skills for more stable occupations while connecting employers to a skilled workforce,” said Cheryl Fambles, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which oversees WorkSource services in the area.
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council received $426,000 in Rapid Response funds, money from the state to help displaced workers. The money was used to open a transition center where Simpson employees will have a centralized location in which to access job search services.
A ribbon-cutting for the new WorkSource Transition Center was held Wednesday.