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ETA News Release: [11/20/2009]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 09-1457-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 2,900 workers in 7 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 2,900 workers from companies in seven states — Alabama, California, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

"The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to supporting all workers, including those who are faced with the prospect of layoffs or work reduction resulting from trade," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, we are leveraging opportunities for displaced workers to acquire the skills needed to secure good jobs in promising 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 follows this news release.

TAA Certifications

Company

City

State

US Steel Corp.

Fairfield

Ala.

Allstate Insurance Co.

Diamond Bar

Calif.

Mitsubishi Motors R and D of America Inc.

Ann Arbor

Mich.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Gastonia

N.C.

Truck-Lite Co. Inc.

Falconer

N.Y.

Core Manufacturing

Saegertown

Pa.

Reynolds Consumer Products

Weyauwega

Wis.