Monday, September 30, 2019
St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom has been in contact with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), the Governor’s Office, and elected officials to develop a plan for those who were recently laid off at Bayou Steel Group in LaPlace, LA. “The closure was not expected and the timing relative to the holidays is disappointing for everyone,” said Parish President Robottom. “We are obviously very concerned for the families involved and our community as a whole.”
According to the LWC, as of September 30, 2019, there are approximately 49,355 job vacancies in similar capacities Statewide. The LWC Mobile Unit will be stationed at the LaPlace One-Stop Office beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019. LWC Rapid Response staff will be onsite to assist laid off workers with career services and job placement assistance.
The Rapid Response Team will schedule group orientation sessions to provide laid off workers with re-employment and unemployment information. The sessions will be announced once times and locations have been determined. Until the sessions are scheduled, workers are encouraged to visit their nearest American Job Center (AJC). The Laplace Office is located at 421 W. Airline Highway, Suite F, LaPlace, LA 70068. To get a full list of all 60 AJC locations statewide, visit www.laworks.net.
Additional measures taken by LWC:
· The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
o For Example:
ü Production has been/is being shifted to a foreign country (China), or
ü Services are being outsourced to foreign county (Mexico), or
ü Increased imports of articles or services, or loss of business with a TAA-certified firm
· This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed.
· The State is preparing to file a petition on-line with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of Bayou Steel Group and if Certified, affected workers will begin receiving TAA benefits and services such as:
o Employment and Case Management Services
§ Skills assessments
§ Individual employment plans
§ Career counseling
§ Supportive Services
§ Information on training and labor markets, etc.
o Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
o Weekly income support for workers enrolled in full-time training and have exhausted UI
o Job Search Allowance
§ Reimbursement for relocation costs for re-employment outside the worker’s commuting area
o Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
§ A Wage subsidy for workers 50 and older that covers the difference between the trade impacted wages and the worker’s new wages for up to two years or up to the maximum amount.
“Our goal is and will continue to be to assist those who were laid off and it is our intention to consolidate our resources to assist all citizens affected”, said Parish President Robottom.
Governor John Bel Edwards added:
“The Louisiana Workforce Commission is working with the company, the parish president and elected officials to assist those employees who are directly impacted by today’s news,” said Gov. Edwards. “While Bayou Steel has not given any specific reason for the closure, we know that this company, which uses recycled scrap metal that is largely imported, is particularly vulnerable to tariffs. Louisiana is among the most dependent states on tariffed metals, which is why we continue to be hopeful for a speedy resolution to the uncertainty of the future of tariffs. Meanwhile, we will do everything within our power to help those displaced workers.”