Louisiana working to get federal aid for GM workers getting laid off

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana officials hope to get some federal help for the General Motors workers whose jobs at the Shreveport plant will be eliminated in September.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission wants to see if the workers on the plant's second shift would be eligible for a labor department program called "Trade Adjustment Assistance."  It provides money to re-train workers and extend unemployment benefits for up to a year.

The program also helps displaced workers find new jobs and helps with relocation costs.

But to be eligible, workers must have lost their jobs to foreign competition.

Now the workforce commission has quickly put together a rapid response team to figure out whether the lost jobs have gone overseas.

On Thursday the auto maker announced plans to slash another around 5,100 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, blaming a slump in sales.