Supplemental aid funds approved for displaced GNP workers in East Millinocket

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC — The Maine Department of Labor will receive $285,000 in federal funds to complement Trade Adjustment Assistance for displaced workers at Great Northern Paper Co.’s mill in East Millinocket, announced U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Monday.

More than 250 workers received federally-mandated closure warning notices from GNP on Friday. The mill had been idle since January and most of the workers had been laid off since February.

The additional funding will serve as a “wrap-around” to the trade adjustment benefits first announced in May, allowing former GNP employees to receive services not accessible through TAA. Trade Adjustment Assistance is a program of the Department of Labor that helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside of the United States. Trade Adjustment Assistance provides trade-affected workers with a variety of reemployment services and benefits to help them find new jobs and get back to work.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a prepared statement that the assistance will “help to provide eligible workers with reemployment services that aim to improve their financial stability.”