Laid off workers eligible for NAFTA assistance

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- About 200 former timber workers in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island will be eligible to apply for assistance under the North American Free Trade Agreement, a federal agency announced Wednesday.

The workers were employed at Louisiana Pacific Corp.'s Ketchikan Pulp Co. sawmill and in the timber division on the island.

The company has laid off 130 workers and plans to lay off another 70 workers in October.

Employees at the sawmill and the timber division were involved in the production of lumber and timber harvesting. The U.S. Department of Labor found that the parent company was shifting harvesting and processing to a facility in Canada.

Under NAFTA, the transitional adjustment assistance program covers workers laid off or forced to work part-time because of increased imports from Mexico or Canada, or shifts in production to those countries.

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