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Laid Off Mill Workers Get Help From Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Laid off mill workers from Yakima Resources get some good news.  They'll be receiving a little more than a million dollars from Yakima County to help them pay for education and re-training. 

County commissioners approved the grant money requested by the 'South Central Workforce Council' this week. 

The union's appeal for Trade Act certification had been turned down recently, so the county came through with the extra money.

"It's assuring our folks that they can pursue training and other education opportunities that are out there and the south central workforce...  it's all due to them.  They really stepped forward for us."

But Mcconnell says they still won't get the two years unemployment and health benefits that's available with the Trade Act.

More than 200 millworkers lost their jobs when Yakima Resources closed down its plywood mill in early August.