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ETA News Release: [12/04/2009]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 09-1505-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 2,300 workers in 7 states and Puerto Rico as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 2,300 workers from companies in seven states — Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee — and Puerto Rico 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 adversely impacted by 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

Apria Healthcare

Mechesney Park

Ill.

Panduit Corp.

New Lenox

Ill.

Panduit Corp.

Tinley Park

Ill.

Amdocs Inc.

Chesterfield

Mo.

Gardau Ameristeel

Perth Amboy

N.J.

United States Steel Corp.

Lorain

Ohio

Robin Industries Inc.

Berlin

Ohio

Masterbrand Cabinet Inc.

Littlestown

Pa.

Hanes Menswear Puerto Rico Inc.

Ponce

Puerto Rico

B.A. Ballou and Company Inc.

East Providence

R.I.

E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Co.

Old Hickory

Tenn.