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ETA News Release: [05/07/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0639-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 7,300 workers in 15 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 7,300 workers from companies in 15 states — Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"As the recovery unfolds, the U.S. Department of Labor remains committed to helping all workers — including those who have been adversely impacted by trade," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Through our TAA program, we're taking aggressive steps to prepare displaced workers for new and more competitive occupational skills that will lead to future employment and good, safe jobs."

"Auto workers across the country have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. While we have added 44,000 auto sector jobs since June of last year, there is still a lot of work to be done getting people back to work. Trade Adjustment Assistance is one part of this administration's comprehensive effort to support workers and their families in auto communities and nationwide during this period by providing them opportunities to retrain for jobs in new growth industries, continued access to health care, and other assistance finding jobs," said Dr. Ed Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.

Workers covered by these latest Trade Adjustment Assistance 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.

Workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance. 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 Trade Adjustment Assistance 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.


Trade Adjustment Assistance Certifications

Company

City

State

Sony Electronics Inc.

Dothan

Ala.

Sony Electronics Inc.

San Diego

Calif.

PPG Industries Inc.

Fremont

Calif.

Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC

Freemont

Calif.

Alienware Corp.

Miami

Fla.

Russell Brands LLC

Midland

Ga.

Emerson Network Power

LaGrange

Ga.

Acuity Brands Lighting Inc.

Cochran

Ga.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Cedar Rapids

Iowa

Duro-Life Corp.

Algonquin

Ill.

Red Wing Shoe Co. Inc.

Danville

Ky.

General Motors Co.

Bowling Green

Ky.

Boise Cascade LLC

Oakdale

La.

Shaw Fabricator

Addis

La.

General Motors LLC

Detroit

Mich.

General Motors Co.

Warren

Mich.

Masters Tool & Die Inc.

Saginaw

Mich.

TEVA Pharmaceuticals

Congers

N.Y.

Whirlaway Cincinnati

Hamilton

Ohio

BBI

Sidney

Ohio

The Berry Co. LLC

Hudson

Ohio

Superior Tire and Rubber Corp.

Warren

Pa.

Penske Logistics LLC

Spring Hill

Tenn.

Sears Holdings Management Corp.

Dallas

Texas

GE Healthcare Systems

Milwaukee

Wis.