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Date:November 9, 2007
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Labor Department to hold orientation sessions for displaced Georgia-Pacific plywood mill workers

LOGANSPORT –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Unit will hold a series of orientation sessions to assist the 280 employees who lost their jobs when Georgia-Pacific closed its Logansport plywood mill on Oct. 30.

Two-hour worker orientation sessions will be conducted at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the old Logansport High School Gym at 1009 Gum St. in space donated by First Baptist Church of Logansport.

The former employees are urged to call the Rapid Response toll-free hotline at 1-866-551-0360 to schedule one of the four sessions.

“The Logansport plywood mill has already closed, so we have a unique situation,” said Rapid Response Manager Bonnie McKneely. “We need to get the word out to all the affected employees that we are here to assist them.”

A worker transition center will open Monday, Nov. 19 at 606 Main St., in a building donated by the Logansport Chamber of Commerce. The center will offer a variety of transition services to the employees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays through the end of December. A complete listing of services provided by the center will be given to employees at the orientation sessions on Nov. 15.

Rapid Response is an early intervention outplacement service offered to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. The services include: orientation meetings, job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, occupational retraining, debt counseling, relocation assistance, on-the-job training, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

Rapid Response services are offered as a group activity at no cost to the employer or the participating employees. Individual services, such as crisis counseling, can be made available as needed.

More information about Rapid Response is available at the Labor Department’s Web site at www.LAWORKS.net.

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