Date:February 15, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to assist workers affected by closure of Gerdau Ameristeel’s Harahan facility

HARAHAN –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions to assist the 67 workers who have already lost their jobs or will lose their jobs when Gerdau Ameristeel closes its Harahan facility March 31.

Workers will have a choice of attending either a 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. session on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Room 31 at Louisiana Technical College – Jefferson Campus at 5200 Blair Drive in Metairie.

Gerdau Ameristeel manufactured collated nails at its facility at 325 Hord St.

“Many of the affected workers were not required to remain through the separation and are currently seeking re-employment opportunities,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “Allowing affected workers to remain on payroll until the end of March will benefit the workers by giving them an early start on developing their job hunting, training options or financial plans.”

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

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