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Date:November 3, 2008
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Employees of suppliers impacted by Shreveport GM downsizing eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
La. Workforce Commission to conduct trade orientation sessions

SHREVEPORT Ė More than 120 employees of Shreveport General Motorsí suppliers who lost their jobs on Sept. 29 as a result of decreased production at the GM facility are eligible to apply for additional retraining and re-employment services because their job loss is the result of increased imports. The facility eliminated its second shift on Sept. 26 because of a decline in sales related to an increase in imports of articles like or directly competitive with the vehicles produced at the plant.

A petition filed with the U.S. Department of Labor requesting Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) was approved when it was determined that an increase in imports of articles like or directly competitive with the vehicles produced at the GM Shreveport Assembly Plant contributed to a decline in sales, which impacted GM suppliers.

The TAA program provides services to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced because of international competition. TAA services could include training scholarships, job search and relocation allowances, income support and health coverage tax credits.

The services available through the TAA program are being offered in addition to the orientation sessions and worker transition center provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Rapid Response unit during September.

Workers become eligible to apply when their company receives certification from the U.S. Department of Laborís Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Trade Adjustment Assistance unit will conduct a trade orientation session from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 for affected employees of Modas, LLC; Rieter Automotives; Premier Manufacturing; Meridian Automotive; Shreveport Logistics; and Kace International. Employees laid off from Innertech-Shreveport; Decoma; A. G. Simpson; and Oakley should attend the 10 a.m. Ė 12 p.m. session on Friday, Nov. 7.

Both sessions will be held at the Louisiana Technical College, Shreveport Bossier Campus, 2010 North Market Street, Building E.

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

Workers can call Caddo Business and Career Solutions at 318-676-7788 for more information.

Additional information about Trade Adjustment Assistance is available at the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site at www.laworks.net.

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