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Department of Labor (DOL) announces Tama employees are one of twenty to receive new TAA program certification

07.30.09

Department of Labor (DOL) announces Tama employees are one of twenty to receive new TAA program certification

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, July 3rd- The United States Department of Labor announced the certification of 20 petitions for benefit eligibility for workers under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which provides training and employment services for workers who have lost their jobs due to competitive foreign trade. The 20 are the first certifications under the new TAA law that took effect on May 18th, 2009, which among other changes, expanded program access to previously ineligible service industry workers. One of the 20 includes a employer in the Lehigh Valley.

Tama Manufacturing in Allentown received TAA certification. The employers workers are represented by Workers United (SEIU), formerly UNITE HERE Union, located on Hamilton Street in Allentown.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expanded the pool of eligible TAA recipients to include; workers in companies that supply services; workers whose companies have shifted production to any foreign country; workers in public agencies; workers whose companies produce component parts of a finished product; workers in companies that supply testing, packaging, maintenance and transportation services to companies with TAA-certified workers; and workers whose companies are indentified in an International Trade Commission “injury” determination listed in the Trade Act of 1974.

Workers experiencing a loss or decrease in employment due to trade may submit a petition to the DOL for certification. Workers certified as eligible have access to a variety of resources such as re-employment services, job search allowances, relocation allowances and various types of income support. The expanded TAA has resulted in more than 1,200 petitions filed since May.

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