More than 1,000 Simplot workers recently laid off in southern and eastern Idaho are eligible for job search assistance under a union petition approved by the federal government.
The Idaho Department of Labor will provide workers with job search assistance, training and payment for expenses related to looking for new jobs or relocating for new jobs. The workers will also receive additional financial allowances after exhausting regular state unemployment benefits.
The petition for assistance was filed by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union on behalf of the workers.
Simplot recently laid off the employees at potato processing plants in Nampa, Caldwell and Aberdeen, as well as from a warehouse in Heyburn. The lay-offs were part of a Simplot plan to consolidate operations into a new building located in Caldwell. The new operation will start in spring and will run on about a quarter of the combined workforce of the old Simplot sites. Simplot has said employees who were laid off can apply to work in Caldwell but will not receive priority during the hiring process.
For more information on the Trade Act Assistance Program, which provides for the assistance available to eligible laid-off Simplot workers, go to this page on the Idaho Department of Labor website.