March 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2016
Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009, cell: 557-1483
Rapid Response team will schedule sessions and apply for Trade assistance
AUGUSTA – Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette and the Rapid Response team of the Maine Department of Labor have spoken with the human resources managers of Madison Paper Industries regarding the announced Madison mill closure. The WARN notification will be issued today with a projected layoff of about 220 workers. The company anticipates that these layoffs will occur by the end of May 2016.
“We are saddened to hear that 214 Mainers will be losing their jobs, and our thoughts go out to them and their families,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “With the rapid decline of daily newspapers and other publications, it is not surprising the demand for supercalendered paper is plummeting. This unfortunate situation illustrates the challenges Maine companies face in the national and global marketplace. That’s why it is more important than ever to make sure Maine is competitive in attracting new job creators and retaining existing companies by lowering taxes, reducing energy costs and providing a welcoming atmosphere for businesses and capital investment.”
The Rapid Response team will be meeting with company officials as soon as possible to set up a plan of action including filing for Trade assistance and working with all partners in the area.
“Our team can answer questions families will have over the next two months and help them plan for this transition,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “Our assistance is not limited to unemployment benefits, but includes information about health insurance options, career planning, training support and job search guidance. Do not hesitate to contact the CareerCenter to ask for help. Many people will be facing difficult choices and support is available to aid you and your family as you consider your options.”
Workers in this area are served by the Wilton and Skowhegan CareerCenters. The Wilton CareerCenter, located at 865 US Route 2E in Wilton, and the Skowhegan CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Skowhegan, are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .
The Rapid Response program of the Bureau of Employment Services assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or temporary or permanent closures. The Department of Labor can advise and assist employers and employees with information about their rights, responsibilities and obligations during such an event to safeguard the economic stability of workers and the surrounding community.
To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and jobseekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.com/ .
Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.