Has Your Job Been Affected by Foreign Competition?
Trade Adjustment Assistance May Be Able to Help You. APPLY TODAY!
You Should Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance if... ♦ Your job has been shipped overseas ♦ Your company lost work because of foreign competition ♦ Any portion of your work been outsourced overseas ♦ Your employer laid‐off employees because customers moved work to a foreign country
♦ You are facing future layoffs/job loss due to foreign competition
What is Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a program of the US Department of Labor (DOL). The TAA program assists workers who have lost their jobs because their employ‐ ers have been affected by foreign competition. TAA ap‐ plies to all workers both hourly and/or salaried.
How Can TAA Help You? ♦
Job training costs for up to 130 weeks with 6 months added for remedial education
Income support during training with Trade Readjustment Allow‐ ance (TRA) benefits
Job Search allowances
Possible wage subsidies for older workers that accept jobs at lower rates of pay
Access to the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for insurance premium assistance
Who is Covered by TAA? ♦
Workers in firms that manufacture products
Workers in firms that supply services
Workers whose firm has shifted production to any foreign country
Workers in public agencies
Workers whose firm produces component parts of a finished article for a company that is affected by foreign competition.
Workers in firms that supply testing, packaging, maintenance and transportation services to companies with TAA‐certified workers
Workers whose company is identified in an International Trade Commission (ITC) “injury” determination listed in the Act.
Who Can Apply for TAA Certification? A group of three or more affected workers from the company, a company official, a union or other duly authorized representative (a One‐Stop operator, or a state workforce agency) may file a petition for TAA certification. TAA Petitions must be completed and filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the State in which the workplace is located. A. The petition identifies worker groups at a specific firm or division and covers all workers of those groups, not just those who submitted the petition. Hourly and salaried can be covered in a petition and either can apply. B. The petition must be filed within one year of a worker's layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition.
Where Can I Get a TAA Petition to File for a Certification? Petitions can be obtained through the Department of Labor and at its website at: www.doleta.gov/ tradeact/DownloadPetitions.cfm
When Should I File a TAA Petition? It is possible to file too early or too late. The timing of filing a petition is important in how it can affect workers that are covered and depends on when the layoffs occurred. ♦ File not earlier than 60 days prior to layoffs. Too early might cause a petition rejection because workers have not been laid off or notified yet. ♦ File right away if layoffs have occurred in the past year. Too late will not cover workers that were laid off earlier.
What Do I Need to File a TAA Petition? A petition filing is a simple process requiring basic company information; however anything you can add showing foreign trade competition will help your petition’s success as DOL conducts its investigation. Provide an‐ nouncements or information from the company on any layoffs. Newspaper articles and any other information that states your jobs are being affected by foreign competition. Remember:
The more information you can provide the better.
You can advise the Department of Labor that you would like a chance to respond to any information from the employer.
If you are submitting a petition, pull out all the stops and send in anything that you think will support your petition.
The Next TAA Public Outreach Meetings are:
For more information about the
Trade Adjustment Assistance, contact:
US Department of Labor 1‐888‐DOL‐OTAA (1‐888‐365‐6822)
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development 1‐608‐266‐7406 or 1‐888‐258‐9966 (ext 2)
IAM C.R.E.S.T. Corporation for Re-Employment and Safety Training
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)
This document was financed in whole or in part by a grant from the United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration