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ETA News Release: [01/07/2010]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3416 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0013-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 1,100 workers in 7 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 1,100 workers from companies in seven states — Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio — 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 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 is below.


TAA Certifications

Company

City

State

Arquest Inc.

Camden

Ark.

Ideal Clamp Products

St. Augustine

Fla.

Unisia Steering Systems Inc.

Oakwood

Ga.

Knaack LLC

Crystal Lake

Ill.

Vincent Industrial Plastics

Henderson

Ky.

Caterpillar Inc.

Clayton

N.C.

B & C Machine Co.

Barberton

Ohio