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SHREVEPORT Ė The Shreveport General Motors workers who will lose their jobs when the facility eliminates its second shift on Sept. 26 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 vehicles produced at the GM Shreveport Assembly Plant contributed to a decline in sales and prompted the elimination of the facilityís second shift. More than 700 workers are expected to be laid off.
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 August and 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 trade orientation sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and a final session at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Shreveport plant at 7600 General Motors Blvd. The affected workers should contact the human resources department at the Shreveport facility for their assigned time to attend.
On-site contract workers of Developmental Dimensions International are also eligible to attend these sessions. These workers should also contact the human resources department for their assigned time.
More than 800 employees of suppliers and vendors that work closely with GM are also facing layoff. Trade petitions on behalf of these workers have been submitted. A determination on their eligibility to apply for TAA is pending.
TAA services are offered at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.
Shreveport GM 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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