Date:May 1, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to assist workers affected by closure of Kenneth Gordon facility

HARAHAN –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions to assist the 83 workers who will lose their jobs when shirt manufacturer Kenneth Gordon closes its Harahan facility on June 8.

Workers will have a choice of attending either an 8:30 a.m. or a 1:30 p.m. session on Monday, May 5, or at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the company’s facility at 1209 Distributor’s Row.

A worker transition center will be open at the facility from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23. The center will offer computers and Internet access and will assist the affected workers with job searches, skills assessments, training information and résumé preparation.

“Many of the employees affected by the closure of Kenneth Gordon have been with the company for 15 years or more,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “We are working with agencies within Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes in efforts to inform potential employers of the stability of these workers.”

A petition has been filed with the Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance to determine if the plant’s closure is the result of increased imports. If approved, the workers may be eligible for additional services through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. These services could include training, income support and job search and relocation allowances.

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 the Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Program.

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 on the Department of Labor Web site at

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