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ETA News Release: [04/29/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Mike Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 10-0579-NAT

US Department of Labor certifies approximately 4,700 workers in 12 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 4,700 workers from companies in 12 states — Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"Trade Adjustment Assistance will allow these workers to 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 secure permanent jobs is one way that we can ensure our ongoing economic recovery becomes steady economic growth."

"President Obama and this entire administration are committed to a coordinated federal response that will soften the blow of the current downturn and speed economic recovery for auto communities nationwide," said Dr. Ed Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. "Trade Adjustment Assistance is just one tool the federal government is using to help workers during these tough times. Today's TAA certifications can provide workers and families with much needed income support, access to health care, job training and other assistance as they transition to new jobs in other sectors of the economy."

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

Convergys

Lake Mary

Fla.

Mazak Corp.

Florence

Ky.

AGC Flat Glass North America LLC

Elizabethtown

Ky.

WestPoint Home Inc.

Biddeford

Maine

Faurecia

Shelby Township

Mich.

Valenite LLC

Madison Heights

Mich.

General Motors Corp.

Detroit

Mich.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

White Plains

N.Y.

Unifi Inc.

Madison

N.C.

Donsco Inc.

Belleville

Pa.

Lamjen Inc.

Erie

Pa.

Mahle Engine Components USA Inc.

Morristown

Tenn.

Lear Corp.

El Paso

Texas

Intermet U.S. Holding

Radford

Va.

Aegis Communications Group

Elkins

W.Va.

American General

Milwaukee

Wis.