Maine’s labor department to host job fair for Merrymeeting’s displaced workers

Maine’s labor department to host job fair for Merrymeeting’s displaced workers

Dozens of workers impacted by the abrupt layoffs at Merrymeeting Behavioral Health Associates can seek assistance at an upcoming job fair that will be hosted by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state Department of Labor has announced that it is going to host a job fair on coming Monday for former Merrymeeting employees who lost their jobs last week when the agency abruptly closed.

The job fair is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. and run through noon on Monday next week at Southern N.H. University, 10 Tibbets Drive, Suite 200, in Brunswick.

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said he hoped that the job fair would transition the impacted workers to new jobs as soon as possible.

Speaking on the topic, Paquette said, “We have a team assembled, ready to assist those impacted by the layoffs at Merrymeeting Behavioral Health. Dozens of employers have reached out to hire these employees, and we hope to transition them to new jobs as soon as possible, with this job fair as a first step.”

Brunswick-based Merrymeeting closed without advance notice on April 1, 2016, throwing nearly 170 workers out of jobs. The company’s executive director James Talbott blamed the abrupt closing on controversial changes to the state Department of Health & Human Services’ Section 17, a part of the MaineCare code that funds community support services for mentally ill patients.

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