Portman Will Meet with GM Mary Barra on September 25 in Washington, D.C. 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today thanked the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for approving a National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for up to $1.75 million with an initial award of $875,000, to provide employment and training services to workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from three additional auto industry suppliers in northeastern Ohio.  Portman had urged the Labor Department to approve the grant.  

“This grant is positive step, and I’m hopeful it will help workers who have been laid off get the resources and training they need to find new jobs.  I remain disappointed by GM’s decision to cut another shift at the Lordstown plant and will continue to push the company to reinvest in the plant.  I’ve had the chance to visit that plant and meet with the exceptionally-skilled workers there that produce world-class automobiles.  In the coming weeks, I will meet with GM CEO Mary Barra again to encourage the company to reinvest in these workers and this plant.” 

NOTE: On August 17, 2018, Portman wrote Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta urging the department to approve the grant.  These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Labor Secretary to states and other eligible entities in response to unexpected, significant layoff announcements.