Baltimore, MD - Apr. 14, 2024  - (WBAL) Maryland Governor Wes Moore has announced the Port of Baltimore Worker Retention Program to aid businesses in retaining employees amid the recovery from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. With 8,000 port workers directly affected, and additional thousands impacted, the $12.5 million program, established through executive order and the Maryland PORT Act, aims to provide support. Funding includes $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor and $10 million from Maryland's Rainy Day Fund. Administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, the program seeks to prevent layoffs and sustain businesses until the port fully reopens. Labor Secretary Portia Wu emphasizes the importance of supporting port businesses and workers during this challenging period.