AUGUSTA – With the upcoming closures of the mills in Old Town and Lincoln – about 400 jobs are in jeopardy.
Senator Jim Dill is working on a bill to provide assistance to those who will be laid off. The Federal Department of Labor provides some relief if a closure is based on foreign trade.
But Dill says that doesn’t appear to be the case in either Lincoln or Old Town. He hopes his bill will give workers the training, and assistance they need moving forward.
“The problem is, in the mills, there are skilled workers and it’s not those types of jobs just around the corner. You’re going to have to either move out of the state, hope the mill reopens if you want the same type of job, or you’re going to retrain. And hopefully this will help them with these issues.” Senator Jim Dill (D), Old Town
Dill expects his bill to be among one of the first things the legislature discusses when they reconvene in January.