WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley today urged the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor to provide any relevant help to the people of Lansing in light of the closure of the Blumenthal Lansing Company, a longtime button-maker.
“Lansing is a town of just 1,000 people, so a job loss of this magnitude will hit the community and workers hard,” Grassley wrote to Secretary Thomas Perez. “Small business owners throughout Lansing are justifiably nervous about the negative economic effect this closure will have on them. Mayor (Mike) Brennan contacted me seeking my help to encourage state economic development officials and the Department of Labor in assisting the displaced employees in finding new opportunities. If the state requests federal assistance, it is my hope that the Department of Labor would take quick action to assist the displaced workers and aid the efforts of the state, regional and local organizations and economic development leaders in response to this closure.”
Grassley also requested that the Department of Labor quickly consider any additional requests for assistance, including any potential request for a National Dislocated Worker Grant to help workers and provide assistance to those affected by the Blumenthal Lansing closure. “The services and employment training facilitated by the Department of Labor would be critical in helping the affected workers get back on their feet and find suitable employment as quickly as possible,” Grassley wrote.
Grassley’s letter is available here.