W.I.B. working to help 39 employees laid off from Eagle Picher

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The Southwest Missouri Workforce Investment Board is stepping in to help more than 3 dozen people recently laid off from Eagle Picher

Staff at the Workforce Investment Board tell us 39 people were laid off from Eagle Picher last week.

A representative from Eagle Picher says the lay-offs were due to a decrease in two of their larger programs.

The Pittsburg facility was impacted the most with 17 employees laid off, while the other 22 employees come from the Joplin, St. Louis, and Rhode Island facilities.

The representative also says the company’s medical program is expected to increase so leaders are hopeful those affected could potentially pursue that program.

Meanwhile, a community meeting will be held for those affected.

The meeting will be to gather information from former employees, provide basic services, and help out in any way possible.

It will be held at the Missouri Job Center Thursday, April 18th at 1 p.m.

It is at 730 S. Wall in Joplin.

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