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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U. S. official brings job creation plan

Lynn Martin, the U. S. secretary of mayor met with Russian Labor Ministry officials Monday to discuss the creation of an American technical assistance program similar to those set up in Eastern Europe for the past three years.

The program - which has yet to be passed by the U. S. Congress - would help Russians set up employment and training centers similar to those in the United States, Martin said in an interview.

"If we've been able to move towards peace, we now have to make sure that peace is of value to working men and women, whether they're Russian or American", Martin said.

The employment centers would help millions of unemployed Russian-

- many of whom worked in military factories that are now being converted

- find jobs.

The centers would also be the basis of a vast data collection network to bring Russian statistics up to Western standards.

Martin said the program would also try to help raise safety standards for Russian workers, particularly for coalminers.

While Martin would not comment on how much the aid package would cost, she did say she expects that it may be passed after Boris Yeltsin's visit to Washington later this month - even though the American political climate is cool towards foreign policy in this election year. Martin also met Monday with American business leaders at the U. S. -U. S. S. R. Trade and Economic Council to discuss issues ranging from Russian employment and pensions to the controversial 60 percent income tax.