A guide to worker displacement : some tools for reducing the impact on workers, communities and enterprises. Update March 2009

The Guide presents possible strategies for averting layoffs and promoting business retention by communities, enterprise managements and workers’ associations. A discussion of early warning networks is also presented, stressing the importance of monitoring and rapid response mechanisms such as retraining to ensure worker adjustment and economic renewal.

Mass layoffs and worker displacement: overview of the problems -- Organize your community to retain business and avert layoffs -- Assess your community’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to worker displacement events -- Steps Industrial Adjustment (IA) specialists take to set up worker adjustment programs and help displaced workers find jobs -- Set up a worker assistance resource center (WARC) to provide services to displaced workers -- Economic renewal strategies and tools communities can use to preserve and create jobs.