Workforce center meetings set for Learjet workers affected by layoffs

07/30/2014 11:43 AM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

The Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas will host five informational meetings next week for laid-off Bombardier Learjet employees in Wichita.

The meetings will cover benefits and services available to the laid-off workers, including benefits under Trade Adjustment Assistance.

They will be held at the Wichita Workforce Center at 2021 N. Amidon, Suite 1100.

Meetings will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday

Benefits may include job search and relocation assistance, paid education or retraining opportunities.

Workers over age 50 may qualify for wage subsidies, and eligible workers may be able to apply for additional income support, the center said.

Those unable to attend the meetings should visit a Workforce Center as soon as possible and bring a driver’s license, Social Security card and layoff letter to be able to enroll in programs, the center said. There are deadlines for applying for assistance.

To find Workforce Center locations, visit www.workforce-ks.com.

Last month, Bombardier said that delays in the Learjet 85 program are causing cuts at the Learjet facility in Wichita and at a facility in Queretero, Mexico.

In Wichita, the cuts affect about 200 people, including 70 contract and temporary workers and about 100 permanent employees. They include union-represented and nonrepresented workers.

The two sites had a workforce based on a plan for the Learjet 85 to enter service this year. But delays in the program have changed the time frame.

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