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September 2, 2009 > Governor Schwarzenegger releases statement on Fremont's NUMMI plant

Governor Schwarzenegger releases statement on Fremont's NUMMI plant

Submitted By Office of the Governor of California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the statement below regarding Toyota Motor Corp. ending production at the New United Motors Company (NUMMI) in Fremont, California, effective March 2010. Toyota's action follows General Motors bankruptcy and subsequent withdrawal from their partnership in NUMMI plant operations.

"Today is a sad day in the history of Fremont as California joins the ranks of states adversely affected by the bankruptcy of General Motors and the worldwide collapse in demand for automobiles. As generations of local NUMMI workers watch this unfortunate news transpire, we continue work already in progress with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce, local government officials, Toyota, GM and the Japanese government to ensure appropriate employee severance, proper environmental remediation and assistance in transforming the site to alternative uses. And to leaders throughout California, let this serve as a reminder that there is nothing of greater importance than to boost job and economic growth for the historic percentage of Californians who find themselves unemployed during these difficult economic times."

Highlights of Administration efforts in progress include:

Continued work with our partners at the federal, regional and local levels along with NUMMI, Toyota, and Motors Liquidation Company (old GM) to ensure plant workers as well as their California suppliers and their employees have the necessary support services and resources available to assist them during the transition.

Continued work in assisting local economic development officials, the City of Fremont and Alameda County in developing a plan to transform the site to alternative uses.

Contact with members of the President's Recovery for Auto Communities Team to discuss continued collaboration.

Applying for a competitive "State Energy Sector Partnerships and Training" grant through the U.S. Department of Labor to secure up to $6 million to assist in the advancement of green energy jobs in California that could assist the local Workforce Investment areas in California in transitioning affected workers into new and emerging green industries. (Application due date is October 20, 2009).

Communicating with the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board to offer assistance in their efforts to serve to all local residents, including suppliers and small businesses, who will be affected.

Highlights of future actions that will be taken by the state as the March 2010 date approaches:

Assist the Local Workforce Investment Areas in providing "Rapid Response" jobseeker assistance to affected workers.

Provide additional "Dislocated Worker" money to the affected Local Workforce Investment Areas where existing resources are lacking. The "Dislocated Worker" program is a federally funded program through the Workforce Investment Act to serve laid-off workers.

Assist in requesting a National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to serve laid-off workers if existing resources are inadequate.

The Employment Training Panel will continue efforts to ensure workforce training funds support the state's workforce development goals in the most effective way possible.

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