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ETA News Release: [11/05/2009]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 09-1370-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies more than 5,500 workers in 16 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 16 states — Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

"The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to supporting all of the nation's workers — including those who lose their jobs because their companies relocate abroad," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, we are leveraging opportunities for displaced workers to acquire new occupational skills, which will help them secure good jobs in emerging areas of their local economies."

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 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 TAA 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

City

State

Michelin North America Inc.

Opelika

Ala.

Autosplice Inc.

San Diego

Calif.

Iseli Co.

Plymouth

Conn.

Trinity North American Freight Car Inc.

Cartersville

Ga.

Honeywell International

Freeport

Ill.

Shaw Process Fabricators Inc.

West Monroe

La.

Matinrea Industries Inc.

Reed City

Mich.

Holcim (US) Inc.

Dundee

Mich.

Ceco Building Systems

Columbus

Miss.

Titanx Engine Cooling

Jamestown

N.Y.

Kilian Manufacturing

Syracuse

N.Y.

AMETEK Inc.

Kent

Ohio

IAC Canton LLC

Canton

Ohio

Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Oregon

La Grande

Ore.

Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Oregon

Pendleton

Ore.

Federal-Mogul Inc.

Summerton

S.C.

ArcelorMittal Georgetown

Georgetown

S.C.

Mills Products Inc.

Athens

Tenn.

Modus Link Corp.

Smyrna

Tenn.

IAC Springfield LLC

Springfield

Tenn.

Modus Link Corp.

Lindon

Utah

JTEKT

Daleville

Va.

Ramrod Industries

Spencer

Wis.

Veyance Technologies Inc.

Sun Prairie

Wis.

HWD Acquisition

Medford

Wis.