Maui organization awarded farmworker grant money

Labor Dept. gives $9 million in grants to 7 organizations

Published  11:33 AM HST Jun 13, 2013

A Maui organization is getting more than $300,000 in federal money to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced $9 million in grants to seven organizations through the National Farmworkers Jobs Program.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. is one of the organizations expected to use the money to help farmworkers upgrade their agricultural job skills or learn new skills in industries that offer higher wages and more stable employment.
Department of Labor Acting Secretary Seth Harris says farmworkers contribute a lot to the nation's economy and the grants will up open up new opportunities for seasonal or temporary workers to find long-term jobs.

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