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Date:July 15, 2019
Contact:Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

LWC, employer plan job fair July 23, 24, for workers to be displaced in Fall
Job fair organizers seeking employers in North Louisiana to participate

MONROE, La. – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Rapid Response team and workforce-development officials in North Louisiana, in partnership with a prominent paper-manufacturing employer as well as the Arkansas Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force, are seeking employers to participate in an upcoming job fair for workers to be displaced in upcoming months.

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, in Crossett, Ark., will cease its bleached-board operations in the fall. As a result, several hundred workers – many of whom reside in Morehouse, Union, Ouachita, Lincoln, East Carroll and surrounding Louisiana parishes – will need to pursue employment elsewhere.

To ease the upcoming career transition for these workers, Georgia Pacific, the LWC and its affiliates in North Louisiana have scheduled a job fair for July 23 and 24, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Learning Center, Crossett Paper Operations, in Crossett, Ark.

Organizers are looking for employers in and around North Louisiana to participate in the job fair. Those interested may contact:

• Cathie Hillier, Georgia Pacific Training/Development Manager – (870) 500-8660, Catherine.hillier@gapac.com; or

• Janna Taylor, LWC Regional Rapid Response Coordinator (Monroe, La.) – (318) 362-5119, jtaylor4@lwc.la.gov.

About Rapid Response

Rapid Response is an early intervention outplacement service offered to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. Specifically, Rapid Response provides early intervention seminars to inform affected employees on how to access a variety of valuable services, including reemployment services, retraining services, readjustment services, and other appropriate assistance to workers affected by layoffs. These services are offered as a group activity at no cost to the employer or the participating employees. Visit http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/WFD_rapidresponse.asp for details.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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