Laid-Off Simplot Workers Offered Special Assistance By State And Federal Government


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Good news for over 1000 workers at the J.R. Simplot potato processing plants in Nampa, Caldwell and Aberdeen and a warehouse in Heyburn. According to the Idaho Department of Labor, those employees are eligible for job search support under a union petition approved by the federal government.

Services under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program will be available to workers laid off since Aug. 14, 2012 through late 2015.

The petition filed by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union was prompted by Simplot’s decision to close its facilities in Heyburn, Nampa, Caldwell and Aberdeen in favor of a new Canyon County plant with technology that will allow it to better compete in a global market. Only a quarter of the manpower will be needed to run the new plant, which opens next spring.

In addition to the job search services offered to any job seeker by the Idaho Department of Labor, the Trade Adjustment Assistance program provides eligible workers with no-cost retraining, expenses related to looking for new jobs, relocation expenses and additional financial allowances after regular state unemployment benefits are exhausted.

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