Date:January 18, 2008
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Labor Department to assist workers affected by Georgia-Pacific layoffs

SPRINGHILL –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions and open a worker transition center to assist the 400 Georgia-Pacific workers who will be laid off from the company’s plywood plant in Springhill beginning Jan. 25.

Sixteen sessions will be conducted from Jan. 23 through Jan. 25 at the Springhill Civic Center at 101 Machen Drive. Dual sessions will be held simultaneously for each time period: Wednesday, Jan. 23 – 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24 – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 25 – 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Georgia-Pacific will be temporarily laying off 400 workers beginning Jan. 25, nearly three months after the company laid off 250 workers because of the closure of its other plywood operation in Logansport,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “We have received positive reports from that region of the state regarding potential employers seeking to hire dislocated Georgia-Pacific workers.”

A worker transition center will open Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Community Activity Center at 301 W. Church St. in Springhill. The center will offer a variety of transition services to the employees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through the end of February. A complete listing of services provided by the center will be given to employees at the orientation sessions.

Rapid Response assistance is available to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. The orientation sessions are designed to inform affected employees about the services available to them through Rapid Response.

Services include: job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, computerized job search assistance, veterans’ assistance information, occupational retraining, trade adjustment assistance, debt counseling, out-of-area job search assistance, relocation assistance, on-the-job training, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

Rapid Response services are offered at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.

More information about Rapid Response is available at the Louisiana Department of Labor Web site at

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