WARREN - U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan announced Friday that workers laid off from the G.E. Lighting Plant in Warren will get assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, in a separate news release, said 36 workers will receive the aid.
Members of the International Union of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America asked the Department of Labor for assistance in August. The 36 workers were laid off indefinitely Aug. 1.
Under the program, workers who have lost their jobs can get training to obtain employment in a new field and also receive a health care tax credit to make health insurance more affordable.
"I hope that these workers can still find their future here in the Valley - find employment here and raise their children here," Ryan, D-Niles, said.
The TAA is a federal program that assists U.S. workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The program provides trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources and support they need to become reemployed.
The North Park Avenue plant is the last remaining lighting factory of four G.E. previously operated in the area. The plant employed about 200 workers, including 189 hourly employees.
IUE-CWA Local 722 president Scott Moore said Friday the remaining plant workers had been furloughed for several weeks in the fall, but now are back to work.
G.E. closed its Austintown plant and Niles Glass in 2008, and its Niles Mahoning Glass in April 2010.