House Representative

Johnson, Eric

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/27/2011

REP. JOHNSON PETITIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON BEHALF OF FORMER PILGRIM'S PRIDE WORKERS

DALLAS, TX - State Representative Eric Johnson (Dallas) has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor seeking additional funds for worker training on behalf of the workers recently laid off from the Pilgrim's Pride plant in District 100. Representative Johnson filed this petition after learning that the office of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk had filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization about China's unfair trade practices in the poultry processing sector.

"We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping people who have lost their jobs," said Representative Johnson. "Dallas is an important part of the global economy and on the whole I believe that is a good thing. I will not sit idly by, however, when unfair trade practices mean that our workers lose their livelihoods," continued Johnson.

The Department of Labor operates the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program which can provide funds for vocational and remedial job training, extended unemployment benefits, and even relocation allowances for workers who have to move to find work. Representative Johnson's petition seeks to provide these additional resources to aid the more than 1,000 workers who were laid off when the Pilgrim's Pride's Dallas plant closed on September 30th of this year.

Representative Johnson recently completed his first legislative session and currently serves on both the House Committee on Higher Education and the House Committee on Appropriations, as well as the newly created Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency.

Contact: Juan Ayala
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