Business Report: New workforce training program in AC, bill to help reclaim foreclosed homes, union local violated discriminations laws | Video – NJ Spotlight News
Atlantic City officials announced on Wednesday a new workforce development program with the promise that every graduate will receive a job opportunity. The city is teaming up with Atlantic City Electric, which will provide participants with utility training and other skills. What’s being called the Atlantic City Infrastructure Program will launch this November with the first group of trainees. Mayor Marty Small called it a big win for residents.
Housing advocates, clergy, and other leaders gathered Tuesday in Orange in support of a bill designed to help residents reclaim their foreclosed homes. Foreclosed homeowners or their families would have far less stringent financial requirements to reclaim their homes. Buyers would have to commit to living in the home for at least seven years. Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake says that would keep corporations out of communities and increase black homeownership.
The state has issued a finding of probable cause that a union local violated discrimination laws by awarding certain construction jobs to white workers over black laborers. A union member filed a complaint alleging that racial slurs were also tolerated and that there was retaliation against a black member who objected to those slurs. Ironworkers Local 11 has denied the allegations.
The state Attorney General’s office says New Jersey will receive at least $33 million as part of a multistate settlement with e-cigarette maker Juul. The agreement comes after a two-year investigation into how the company marketed and sold its products to underage teenagers. Juul will pay a total of $438.5 million.
Rhonda Schaffler has been reporting on business for NJ Spotlight News since 2016. Previously, she worked as an anchor and reporter for CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg.
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