Michigan Commits $1Million to Pfizer Workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state of Michigan will commit $1 million to aid Pfizer Inc. workers who lose their jobs in the company's restructuring, officials announced Monday.

The money will come from a fund established to help dislocated workers through the state's Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Ann Arbor area leaders said they were forming action teams to address the New York drugmaker's layoffs. Pfizer last week said it planned to shut down facilities in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and suburban Detroit, affecting about 2,410 Michigan jobs by the end of 2008.

All but about 310 of those jobs are in the Ann Arbor area. Pfizer has said it planned to transfer up to 70 percent of the Ann Arbor employees to other company locations.

Pfizer is the biggest taxpayer in the city of 114,000.

Monday's meeting included University of Michigan and several other regional officials. The action teams developing in the region are aimed at providing job opportunities and career services to Pfizer workers who may lose their jobs.

Pfizer has said it would retain manufacturing and animal-health research operations in the Kalamazoo area, preserving about 4,000 jobs.

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