Date:February 18, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to conduct trade orientation sessions for Georgia-Pacific workers

LOGANSPORT –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct trade adjustment orientation sessions for the 280 workers who were laid off when Georgia-Pacific closed its Logansport Plywood plant.

Workers will have a choice of attending either a 9 a.m. or a 2 p.m. session Thursday, Feb. 28 at Logansport High School gym at 1009 Gum St.

In addition to a variety of re-employment services initiated by Rapid Response, the workers are now eligible for assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, since the U.S. Department of Labor determined that the plant’s closure was the result of increased imports.

The sessions are designed to inform the affected workers of the additional benefits to which they are entitled through the TAA program.

The goals of the program are to encourage the rapid re-employment of workers, provide training and re-employment support where necessary to achieve re-employment and assist individuals in obtaining employment in high-growth, in-demand occupations.

Workers determined eligible for TAA may receive re-employment services including: a fully paid training scholarship in a new occupational skill; job search allowance when suitable employment is not available in the workers’ normal commuting area; relocation allowance when the worker obtains permanent employment outside the commuting area; and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) while the worker is in training.

Georgia-Pacific workers can call the DeSoto Career Solutions Center in Mansfield at (318) 871-2391 for more information.

Rapid Response assistance is available to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. This assistance is available 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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