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TAA Decision 74526

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        DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

TA-W-74,526

GEORGIA-PACIFIC WOOD PRODUCTS LLC
INCLUDING ON-SITE WORKERS FROM
GEORGIA-PACIFIC LLC
WOOD AND FIBER SUPPLY ORGANIZATION
MOUNT HOPE, WEST VIRGINIA

Certification Regarding Eligibility
To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
	
      In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended ("Act"), 19 U.S.C. § 2273, the Department of Labor 
herein presents the results of an investigation regarding 
certification of eligibility to apply for worker adjustment 
assistance.
      The group eligibility requirements for workers of a firm 
under Section 222(a) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a), are 
satisfied if the following criteria are met:
I.	The first criterion (set forth in Section 222(a)(1) of the 
Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a)(1)) requires that a significant 
number or proportion of the workers in the workers' firm 
must have become totally or partially separated or be 
threatened with total or partial separation.

II.	The second criterion (set forth in Section 222(a)(2) of the 
Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a)(2)) may be satisfied if either:

(i)(I)	there has been a shift by the workers' firm to a 
foreign country in the production of articles or 
supply of services like or directly competitive with 
those produced/supplied by the workers' firm; or
(i)(II)	there has been an acquisition from a foreign 
country by the workers' firm of articles/services that 
are like or directly competitive with those 
produced/supplied by the workers' firm.

III.	The third criterion requires that the shift/acquisition 
must have contributed importantly to the workers' 
separation or threat of separation.  See Section 
222(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. §  
2272(a)(2)(B)(ii).
  
      The investigation was initiated in response to a petition 
filed on August 16, 2010 on behalf of the workers of Georgia-
Pacific Wood Products LLC, including on-site workers from 
Georgia-Pacific LLC, Wood and Fiber Supply Organization, Mount 
Hope, West Virginia. The workers are engaged in activities 
related to the production of oriented strand board. The workers 
are not separately identifiable by product. 
      The investigation revealed that workers of Georgia-Pacific 
Wood Products LLC, including on-site workers from Georgia-
Pacific LLC, Wood and Fiber Supply Organization, Mount Hope, 
West Virginia who are engaged in activities related to the 
production of oriented strand board meet the criteria for 
certification.  
      Criterion I has been met because a significant number or 
proportion of the workers have been totally or partially 
separated or threatened with separation. 
      Criterion II has been satisfied because the workers' firm 
has acquired from a foreign country the production of articles 
like or directly competitive with the oriented strand board 
produced by the workers.
	Criterion III has been met because the acquisition of 
production of oriented strand board from Canada by Georgia-
Pacific LLC contributed importantly to worker group separations 
at the subject firm.
Conclusion
	After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that workers of Georgia-Pacific Wood 
Products LLC, including on-site workers from Georgia-Pacific 
LLC, Wood and Fiber Supply Organization, Mount Hope, West 
Virginia, who are engaged in activities related to production of 
oriented strand board meet the worker group certification 
criteria under Section 222(a) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a). 
In accordance with Section 223 of the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2273, I 
make the following certification:







"All workers of Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC, 
including on-site workers from Georgia-Pacific LLC, Wood 
and Fiber Supply Organization, Mount Hope, West Virginia, 
who became totally or partially separated from employment 
on or after August 13, 2009, through two years from the 
date of certification, and all workers in the group 
threatened with total or partial separation from employment 
on the date of certification through two years from the 
date of certification, are eligible to apply for adjustment 
assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II  of the Trade Act of 
1974, as amended."
Signed in Washington, D.C., this 22nd day of September, 2010

					
						/s/Elliott S. Kushner
                                    ______________________________
                                    ELLIOTT S. KUSHNER
                                    Certifying Officer, Office of 
      Trade Adjustment Assistance

      

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