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Date:November 21, 2008
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La. Workforce Commission Providing Services to IP Bastrop Employees

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission has already been helping the workers impacted as a result of the closure of International Paper’s Bastrop facility, which the company announced today.

“When we were informed several weeks ago of the plant’s temporary shutdown, the Workforce Commission began getting IP employees into our systems so that we could provide them with necessary services,” said LWC Director of Workforce Development Stacy Bonnaffons. “Since many of the people are already in our system and the groundwork established, we are better positioned to quickly ramp up to provide the full extent of workforce development services that are accessible now that the closure is indefinite.”

Bonnaffons and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret were in Bastrop today. Through meeting with Mayor Clarence Hawkins, local legislators and business officials, Bonnaffons and Moret got a first-hand assessment of the anticipated issues and needs of the workforce, and the corporate perspective moving forward.

Among the services to be provided by the Workforce Commission are skills assessments and training, job counseling and placement assistance, Web-based job search, basic skills upgrades and unemployment benefits assistance.


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