Laid off railway workers take advantage of career workshop

7:16 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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MILO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Weeks after losing their jobs former workers with Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railways are now trying to get their lives back on track.

About 40 rail workers from the Brownville-area faced layoffs from MMA. That came weeks after the deadly train crash that happened in Lac Megantic, Quebec in July.

Many of the unemployed workers attended an informational workshop in Milo on Monday. It was put on by officials with Penquis as well as the Maine Department of Labor. Organizers said they are trying to keep all laid workers informed about the bankruptcy situation with MMA. The workshop also focused on helping workers find healthcare, manage their mortgages and market their skills to find new jobs.

"They could end up in a trucking business because if they worked in the garage..all those skills are transferable," said Jim Macomber, who is the Piscataquis County transitional chairperson for Penquis, "They've had some management...they've had some logistics training..ya know so all of those can transfer into many different businesses."

The Milo Town Office will be offering career help seminars every Monday and Thursday from August 22, 2013 until September 26, 2013. 


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