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Working Solutions Career Center Manager Karin Piseck wants to make sure that recently terminated Remington Arms employees know what services and options are available to them, including funds for retraining and help for those seeking new jobs.
“Although, it is the hope of all involved that many of these affected workers will be offered employment with the new company, it is not surprising that, due to the fact that Remington Arms has traditionally been known to have a high quality workforce, other area employers are very interested in talking to them,” Piseck said in a statement.
Piseck, in an interview, said the office receives calls every day from employers.
“I know they’re trying to digest everything right now,” she said of the 585 workers at Remington’s Ilion plant who were laid off Monday. Remington Outdoor Company has also cut off their health care and other contractual benefits effective Oct. 31.
Piseck hopes to arrange for employers to connect with potential workers within the next two weeks.
Other options are also available.
Piseck said affected workers should watch their mail for a questionnaire from the state regarding a request for determination of entitlement to benefits under the Trade Assistance Act.
After 200 Remington Arms workers were laid off last fall, she said, the state workforce office petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor for specialized assistance for the affected employees through the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. The petition was written to include any Remington employees laid off from that time through November 2021.
That means eliminated Remington workers can take advantage of TAA services including full or part time re-training, on the job training, apprenticeship opportunities, job search and relocation allowance if needed, wage supplements for workers over 50 years of age and a possible federal health coverage tax credit.
An individual seeking education or training to prepare for a new job could qualify for up to $20,000 in assistance, Piseck said.
“It’s wide open. It’s whatever they’re interested in,” she said. “They can research what’s out there. It can be somebody with a bachelor’s degree who wants to get a master’s degree. It’s really flexible.”
Local Working Solutions Career Centers are responsible for the outreach and delivery of services as well as the case management of Trade Adjustment Assistance recipients, she said. Locally, Herkimer County Employment & Training staff members are reaching out to former Remington workers to make sure that they are aware of the benefits. This is also the case in other counties, she said.
Staff at the Career Centers can help workers interpret the TAA services, provide labor market information, job search assistance, resume development and referrals to partner agencies that can assist with health insurance, training programs and many other things, at no cost to the individuals, according to Piseck.
A new resource called SkillUp Working Solutions is also available. This is a free, online comprehensive platform that delivers career exploration tools, career pathways, job search tools, assessments and online skill training. Customers can virtually register, update job skills via e-learning courses, track their progress and explore careers.
Donna Thompson is the government and business reporter for the Times Telegram. For unlimited access to her stories, please subscribe or activate you digital account today. Email her at [email protected].