01/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Laid Off Michael Reese Workers To Get Olympics Job Training

Former Michael Reese Hospital workers are getting new job training that kicks off today. One of the goals is to prepare these workers for Olympic jobs if the games come to Chicago.

When Michael Reese Hospital announced it was closing in June, union workers and community activists rallied and protested.

They demanded that the city recognize the 200-plus laid-off workers from the Service Employees International Union. The city has ponyed up $272,000 for retraining. If city officials have their way, the hospital land will be a 2016 Olympic site.

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