Date:March 18, 2009
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La. Workforce Commission Sends Mobile Unit to Farmerville to Provide Services to Pilgrim’s Pride Workers

FARMERVILLE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission has sent its mobile response unit to Farmerville to provide additional opportunities for Pilgrim’s Pride workers to access employment and other support services. Nearly 1,300 workers are expected to be laid off when Pilgrim’s Pride closes its processing plant in Farmerville and three other facilities in the area.

The mobile response unit was at the processing plant at 6648 Highway 15 North Tuesday and will return from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 24, 26 and 27. Workers will be able to apply for food stamps and childcare assistance, as well as schedule appointments for a variety of re-employment and life-skills workshops, crisis intervention counseling and enrollment in GED programs. Additional dates for the mobile unit will be announced for April.

In addition to the mobile unit, orientation sessions are being held at the plant this week to inform affected employees about the services available to them through the LWC’s Rapid Response Unit.

An on-site transition center is scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 24. Services to be provided at the transition 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.

Rapid Response services are offered at no cost to the employer and participating employees. The Rapid Response team is a collaborative effort among multiple state and community-based partners including the LWC, the Department of Health and Hospitals, La. Spirit, the Department of Social Services, the Louisiana Business and Technology Center, the Union Chamber of Commerce and the LSU Agriculture Office.

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