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Date:November 25, 2008
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La. Workforce Commission to Open Worker Transition Center, Offer Orientation Sessions for IP Employees

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission will conduct orientation sessions and open a worker transition center to assist the 550 people who were laid off when International Paper closed its Bastrop mill.

Workers should attend orientation sessions at the mill's training center to learn about the full array of services available to them through the Workforce Commission and to learn from the company about their separation benefits.

The sessions will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10. International Paper's Human Resources director will schedule employees based on their last name and work shift, and notify them by mail of which day and time their session will be held.

The Rapid Response Team within the Workforce Commission's Customized Workforce Solutions Group will open a worker transition center, also in the mill's training center, beginning Dec. 2. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and remain for as long as its services are required.

“The transition center will provide a supportive environment for employees to access comprehensive services in a single location,” said Workforce Development Director Stacy Bonnaffons, who oversees the Customized Workforce Solutions Group. “We also will survey these employees about their particular needs to ensure that we continue to offer them customized solutions as they transition back into the workforce.”

Services provided at the center include job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interview preparation, online 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.

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

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