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ETA News Release: [08/27/2009]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414
Release Number: 09-1053-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor certifies approximately 3,200 workers in 14 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 3,200 workers from specific companies in 14 states — Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"American workers within a number of industries are being impacted by direct foreign competition," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Trade Adjustment Assistance is one way we can help these individuals re-enter the workforce in promising industries that pay good wages."

Workers covered by these latest Trade Adjustment Assistance 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 Tax Credit (HCTC).

Workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA). 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.

For more information on Trade Adjustment Assistance and the range of Department of Labor employment and training services, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's Note: A chart reflecting companies covered by these certifications is below.


TAA Certifications

Company

Location

Honeywell International

Phoenix, Ariz.

Baxter Healthcare Corp.

North Largo, Fla.

Kimball Office

Borden, Ind.

Newpage Corp.

Rumford, Maine

TG Fluid Systems USA Corp.

Brighton, Mich.

Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America Ltd.

Tonawanda, N.Y.

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems LLC

Arden, N.C.

Smead Manufacturing Co.

Logan, Ohio

Halliburton Co.

Duncan, Okla.

Connor Manufacturing Services

Portland, Ore.

Tyco Electronics Corp.

Emigsville, Pa.

Westminster Beacon LLC

Westminster, S.C.

Ontario Die Company of America

El Paso, Texas

Cequent Performance Products

Mosinee, Wis.