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Louisiana Workforce Commission announces mass layoff in West Baton Rouge Parish

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

Approximately 72 First Student employees may lose their jobs after West Baton Rouge Parish School District decided to not renew their contract with the school bus transportation provider.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988 requires employers to give official notice to affected employees of a pending mass layoff or plant closing, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

According to the WARN notice, this layoff is expected to be permanent.

West Baton Rouge Parish School District decided to not renew the contract with First Student for the 2015-2016 school year.  The West Baton Rouge facility at 3187 Rosedale Rd. in Port Allen will close on June 30, 2015.

The WARN notice states it is probable that First Student will have transfer opportunities available for many employees at other facilities. First student will provide those employees with a procedure who express interest in transferring.

The notice says 60 drivers, 10 monitors, one mechanic, an assistant location manager and a dispatcher will lose their jobs.

Phone calls to First Student and the West Baton Rouge Parish School District have not been returned at this time.

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