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Panetta Statement on the Dole Berry Company Layoffs in Watsonville

September 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to Dole Berry Company’s announcement that they are closing their Watsonville, California facility, eliminating over 400 jobs:

“My primary concern is for the well-being of the affected workers and their families, who will need support and assistance as the Dole facility closes its doors. I have contacted U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, requesting that he personally and carefully consider workers’ applications should additional resources and federal services be needed. As Congress works to pass federal spending bills this week, I will continue to advocate for strong investment in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity programs, which provide job search, education, and training activities for individuals to secure new jobs. I am committed to working with the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board so that all workers are aware of job training and placement opportunities, as well as other support available, during this difficult time.”