Ex-employees of the failed solar panel company Solyndra have applied for aid under the federal government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program, the Labor Department has confirmed.This is even more infuriating given that the Obama White House was warned that Solyndra was on a path to bankruptcy even with the half billion dollars in loan guarantees.
If approved, the employees of what was once touted as a leading exemplar of the White House’s green jobs program will be eligible for more federal funds to enable them to be retrained for other jobs.
It would be an ironic coda to the saga of Solyndra, which manufactured solar panels and received $527 million in loan guarantees from the Energy Department and praise from President Obama during visits to the firm’s California headquarters.
Now those green workers will be seeking the government’s help to find work again and not necessarily in the conservation jobs sector.
A source at the department confirmed the request for assistance was received on Sept. 2, just two days after the company filed bankruptcy, placing all 1,100 employees out of work.
The request was made by a representative of the 1,100 ex-employees and covers all of them. The department estimates the aid will cost $13,000 per worker for the coming year.
The TAA program offers help to domestic workers who have lost their jobs due to the trade practices of foreign countries. The assistance includes job retraining, allowances for job searching, health benefits and up to 130 weeks of income support.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Green Jobs - The "Gift" That Keeps on Taking
Ex-Solyndra Employees Now Applying For Trade Adjustment Assistance