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ETA News Release: [04/08/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Michael Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 10-0455-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 4,000 workers in 10 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 4,000 workers from companies in 10 states — California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"Helping workers who are impacted by trade, and ensuring they are positioned to secure permanent jobs that pay family-supporting wages, is the right thing to do," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Trade Adjustment Assistance will allow these workers to access the employment and training services they need to prepare for good jobs in promising industries."

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.

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 follows this news release.


TAA Certifications

Company

City

State

Trim Masters Inc.

Modesto

Calif.

Kyoho Manufacturing California (KHMCA)

Stockton

Calif.

Woco Motor Acoustic Systems Inc.

Warren

Mich.

Johnson Controls Interiors

Holland

Mich.

AZ Automotive Corp.

Center Line

Mich.

Haerter Stamping LLC

Kentwood

Mich.

Sandvik Hard Materials

West Branch

Mich.

Plastic Trim International

East Tawas

Mich.

Phillips and Temro Industries Inc.

Eden Prairie

Minn.

Eclipse Aviation Corp.

Albuquerque

N.M.

Diebold Inc.

North Canton

Ohio

Rideway Powdered Metals

Ridgeway

Pa.

Nielsen Bainbridge LLC

Gainesboro

Tenn.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Austin

Texas

Kenworth Truck Co.

Renton

Wash.

Regal Ware Inc.

West Bend

Wis.

Regal Ware Inc.

Kewaskum

Wis.