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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Nearly 300 former Hostess employees in northwest Ohio will benefit from a program to help get them back to work.
The goal of the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment program is to help the approximately 18,000 workers who were laid off nationwide. The program provides a variety of re-employment assistance and financial support for the unemployed, which now includes former Hostess employees.
One such worker, Mark Popivich, has been job-hunting for months, and said he's anxious for the help.
"It will be good for me," Popivich said. "Maybe I'll be able to get a job quicker."
Once employees are certified, the program provides trade readjustment allowances, job training, re-employment services, job search and relocation allowances, health coverage tax credits, and wage supplements.
Workers can get up to $1,250 to cover expenses for job searching, or if they have to relocate.
Popivich said he's been applying everywhere, but he hasn't found a job that matches what he earned during his 23 years at Hostess.
"Employers are paying $10-13 an hour, and I made $20 an hour before, so that would be great for me," he said.
Despite the extra help, Popivich said he's still out over $15,000 that was owed to him. So far, he hasn't received any instructions from the bakers' union about the assistance program.
Calls WTOL made to the union for comment were not returned.
For more information on the trade adjustment program, click here.