Trade Adjustment in Colorado Springs

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Trade Adjustment Assistance in Pikes Peak Region



The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was created to provide benefits and support to workers who become unemployed due to the impact of international trade. The TAA program seeks to provide workers with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. 
You may be eligible for TAA if your job is lost or threatened due to trade-related circumstances such as:

• Increased imports of either articles or services;
• A shift in production to or an acquisition of services or articles from any foreign country by your company;
• Your employer’s loss of business from a customer with TAA-certified workers; or
• Your employer is identified as trade-injured by the International Trade Commission.

After investigating the petition, DOL certifies or denies group eligibility to apply for TAA. 
 
The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to submit a petition to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Petitions may be submitted by:

• Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision;
• The workers’ employer;
• A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers; or
• A Workforce Agency, such as Pikes Peak Workforce Center.
 
Generally, if a worker is laid off, a petition must be submitted within one year of the layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition. If you're ready to file a petition, here is the website:
 
http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/petitions.cfm#1 


 
BENEFITS AND SERVICES
Employment and Case Management Services:
Skills assessments, career counseling, information on training, and more.

Training:
Training to earn credentials to become reemployed.

Trade Readjustment Allowances:
Income support is available to you if you while you’re attending full-time, TAA-approved training after you have exhausted your unemployment insurance. There are deadlines associated with this benefit.

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance:
A wage subsidy for up to 2 years, available to workers age 50 or older who get reemployed at a reduced salary.

Job Search Allowance:
For costs associated with attending an interview more than 50 miles from home.  Must be pre-approved--and this benefit has a deadline.

Relocation Allowance:
For costs associated with relocating your household to accept a job more than 50 miles from home.  Must be pre-approved--and this benefit has a deadline.

Assistance with Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
If you would like more information or assistance with submitting a petition, please contact Gladys Felix-Mendoza at gladysfelix-mendoza@elpasoco.com or 719-667-3739.