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Special assistance approved for laid-off Simplot workers

More than 1,000 laid-off workers at Simplot Corp. potato processing operations in Nampa, Caldwell, Aberdeen and Heyburn are now eligible for special assistance in finding new jobs, under a union petition approved by the federal government under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The benefits, similar to those recently announced for laid-off Micron Technology workers, are for those laid off from Aug. 14, 2012 through late 2015, the Idaho Department of Labor announced today.

The union petition, from the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, came after the company announced it would close facilities in those cities in favor of a new, higher-tech plant in Canyon County that will need only a quarter of the workers and will open next spring. The assistance includes no-cost retraining, job-search and relocation aid and more; click below for the full announcement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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