Bill Allocates $1.35 Million to Retrain New Jersey Casino Workers

A bill has been introduced in New Jersey to dedicate $1.35 million for the retraining of displaced casino workers. More than 8,000 casino workers lost their jobs in Atlantic City last year as four casinos closed.

A bill from New Jersey Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Bob Andrzejczak would set aside .35 million for training of displaced Atlantic City casino workers.

The bill would establish an Education Initiative for Former Casino Workers, which would help workers who lost their job in the past two years, as well as those who currently are employed but have received layoff notices.

Four Atlantic City casinos closed in 2014 displacing about 8,000 workers. More casino closings could come in 2015.

The initiative would be funded through the state’s Workforce Development Partnership Fund and would use about 5 percent of the money reserved through the fund for customized training, a release from the legislators said.

The funds may also be used to cover expenses such as tuition to community college classes, post-secondary education at a county vocational school district or training. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development would screen eligible participants and help them develop plans for instruction that will help them transition to a new career, the release said.