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Date:July 29, 2009
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Former Exide Technologies Employees Eligible to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
La. Workforce Commission to Conduct Trade Orientation Sessions

BATON ROUGE Ė Exide Technologies workers who lost their jobs earlier this year are eligible to apply for additional retraining and re-employment services because their job loss is the result of increased imports.

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 articles produced at the Baton Rouge facility contributed to decreased sales.

The Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Trade Adjustment Assistance unit will conduct trade orientation sessions on Monday, August 3, at the Best Western Zachary Inn, 4030 Hwy. 19, Zachary. Employees whose last names begin with A - J should attend the 10 a.m. - noon meeting, while those whose last names begin with K - Z will meet from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Rapid Response unit provided additional services to Exide workers earlier this year when the company layoff was initially announced in April.

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

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

Additional information about Trade Adjustment Assistance is available at the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site at http://www.laworks.net/FAQs/FAQ_NAFTA_TAA.asp.

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