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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2007

Schumer And Clinton Announce Nearly $300,000 For United Auto Workers Region 9 Training Initiative Included In The Omnibus Spending Bill

Funding Goes Towards Implementation of Region 9 Training Initiative to Amp-Up Technology Education for Thousands of UAW Employees Across the Syracuse Region

Funds Included as Part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Expected to Pass the House Tonight and the Senate Tomorrow

Schumer, Clinton Pushed to Secure Funding for United Auto Workers

WASHINGTON, DC—Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that $286,898 for United Auto Workers Region 9 Training will be included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The omnibus bill, which includes 11 appropriations bills, will be voted on by the House and Senate this week, before being sent to the President for his signature.


“This is great news for Syracuse auto workers,” said Schumer. “It will help workers to specialize in manufacturing technologies and keep them competitive in today’s market.  The promotion of manufacturing technologies is essential to Syracuse’s economic prosperity and these trainings will help ensure that workers at New Process Gear remain the best trained and most productive in the industry.”


“This investment will help ensure that Syracuse continues to have a world-class workforce,” Senator Clinton said. “This critical training will help Syracuse auto workers keep pace with new technology and remain at the cutting edge.”


The UAW will use federal funds to implement their Region 9 Training Initiative.  This initiative will fund New Process Gear’s Competitive Employment Training Assistance program, which will train and educate existing employees in technologies to support the recently awarded Ford F150 transfer case and hypoid gear manufacturing.  Employee training is vital for keeping and expanding jobs at this Syracuse, NY facility.  Magna employs over 3,000 workers at this upstate NY facility.


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