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HAMMONDĖ Hunt Forest Products, Inc. workers who were laid off 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 Natalbany facility contributed to decreased sales.
The Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Trade Adjustment Assistance unit will conduct trade orientation sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Louisiana Technical College (L.T.C.) at 111 Pride Drive in Hammond. 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 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The orientation sessions will inform employees about the full array of TAA services available to them including training scholarships, job search and relocation allowances, income support and health coverage tax credits.
The Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Rapid Response unit provided additional services to Hunt Forest Products workers 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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