The U.S. Department of Labor announced that approximately 5,500 workers from
companies in 12 states — California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa,
Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont — are
eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
"Helping workers who are impacted by trade, and ensuring they are better
positioned to secure permanent jobs that will bring them family-supporting wages,
is an important part of keeping the nation's economic recovery on track," said
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Trade Adjustment Assistance will help
these workers access the employment and training services they need to prepare
for good jobs in promising industries."
Workers covered by these latest TAA certifications will be contacted by their
respective states with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits
and services. Those who apply may receive case management and re-employment
services, training in new occupational skills and trade readjustment allowances
that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Some workers
may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage
"Trade Adjustment Assistance is a key part of the Obama Administration's
coordinated response to helping workers and families in communities affected
by auto industry restructuring and other mass industrial layoffs," said
Dr. Ed. Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive
Communities and Workers. "TAA certification can provide these families with
much needed income support, access to health care, job training and other assistance
as they transition to new jobs in other sectors of the economy."
While TAA is open to eligible workers of all ages, workers 50 years of age
and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance
instead. If a worker obtains new employment at wages less than $55,000 and
less than those earned in adversely affected employment, the RTAA program
will pay 50 percent of the difference between the old wage and the new wage,
up to $12,000 over a two-year period. RTAA participants may also be eligible
for retraining and the HCTC.
A chart reflecting companies covered by these certifications is below.
Evergreen Pulp Inc.
|Applied Materials Inc.
|Brose Gainesville Inc.
|Fort Wayne Foundry Corp.
|Carlisle Industrial Brake and Friction
|Barnstead Thermolyne Corp.
|Contech Castings LLC
|Nuway Speaker Products Inc.
||Research Triangle Park
|Springs Window Fashions LLC
|Alcoa Mill Products Texarkana
|Monahan SFI LLC