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ETA News Release: [03/10/2010]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0305-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 4,600 workers in 14 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 4,600 workers from companies in 14 states — California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"Trade Adjustment Assistance will help these workers access the employment and training services they need to prepare for good jobs in promising industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Helping workers who are impacted by trade, and ensuring they are better positioned to secure permanent jobs that will bring them family-supporting wages, is an important part of keeping the nation's economic recovery on track."

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.

"This administration's top priorities are creating more jobs by laying a new foundation for economic growth and supporting families in these tough times," said Dr. Ed. Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. "Today's TAA certifications are one tool to further this work. Through TAA certifications, workers and their families hit hard by automotive industry and industrial layoffs can receive income support, access to health care, job training and other assistance as they transition to new jobs in growing sectors of the economy."

While TAA is open to eligible workers of all ages, workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance instead. 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 Name

City

State

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Pasadena

Calif.

Fuel Systems Inc.

Chicago

Ill.

Wells Manufacturing

Woodstock

Ill.

Fort Wayne Foundry Corp.

Columbia City

Ind.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Evansville

Ind.

Noble Metal Processing

Shelbyville

Ky.

April Steel Processing

Dearborn

Mich.

Delphi Corp.

Flint

Mich.

Faurecia Automotive Seating Inc.

Auburn Hills

Mich.

Chrysler Group LLC

Chelsea

Mich.

Autodie LLC

Grand Rapids

Mich.

Shiloh Industries

Canton

Mich.

Detroit Heading LLC

Detroit

Mich.

Unisys Corporation

Eagan

Minn.

Amphenol Printed Circuits Inc.

Nashua

N.H.

Dell Products LP

Winston-Salem

N.C.

Tektronix Inc.

Beaverton

Ore.

Standard Steel Specialty Co.

Beaver Falls

Pa.

SunGard Higher Education Inc.

Malvern

Pa.

International Automotive Components

Dayton

Tenn.

MeadWestvaco Consumer Packaging Group LLC

Louisa

Va.

Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing Inc.

South Charleston

W.Va.

Brillion Iron Works Inc.

Brillion

Wis.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain Inc.

Waupun

Wis.

Gormac Products Inc.

Racine

Wis.