Transition Team Talks on How to Help Workers 

The Penobscot County Transition Team had its first meeting back Tuesday to discuss how they’ll help the more than 200 people laid off from small companies as well as the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway.”If you have someone that has been working for all of their life suddenly finding themselves out of work they don’t know where to turn and that’s why a group like this is so important because this group will do outreach to those who have recently lost their work,” says Captain Tim Clark with the Bangor Salvation Army. The Team is one of 16 in the state providing resources to displaced workers. They say for every one person laid off, it affects three more.”It’s really about coordinating our services and making sure that people are aware of the services all of the organizations offer as well as getting them to the career center,” says Jennifer Brooks of Eastern Maine Development Center. The group includes local churches, healthcare providers and charities. The Maine Department of Labor Career Centers connect those without jobs to the Transition team. State Officials say 47 railroad workers in Maine have been laid off after the train crash in Canada early this month.”If they are recently dislocated and if they haven’t looked for work in the past few months, they are not on a level playing field and they need to find out how to apply for jobs, what they need to do, how to do a new résumé, how to use the technology that’s out there, and we can help them with all that,” says Ed Upham, Bangor Career Center Manager.The career centers help workers develop a resume and teach them how to operate new technology.”Best thing I can say is if you’re a dislocated worker from the railroad, come to these sessions. Very important,” Upham said. There are two sessions Wednesday for those laid off from the railroad.DOVER-FOXCROFT AT THE PENQUIS OFFICE FROM 9 A-M TO 11 A-M.BANGOR CAREER CENTER FROM 2 P-M TO 4 P-M.