Trade Adjustment in Colorado Springs

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Trade Adjustment Assistance Information in Colorado Springs



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 who are adversely affected by trade with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. An adverse effect includes a job loss or threat of job loss.
 
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
• One-Stop operators or partners (including state workforce agencies and dislocated worker units).

A petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers all individuals in that group. 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. Go to this website to file a petition:
 
http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/petitions.cfm#1 
 
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. Workers in a certified group then apply individually for benefits and services through their local One-Stop Career Center.
Upon receiving a petition, Department of Labor (DOL) immediately begins an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The Department may contact customers and suppliers of the company, and others, in order to determine whether the criteria below are met.
 
If the petition is found to meet the group eligibility criteria, the company is deemed TAA Certified. Letters are then sent out to the affected workers with instructions on how to proceed. Instructions within the letter should be followed carefully as most TAA benefits are time sensitive. After followiing instructions, you will get a second letter.  If the second letter states you are "entitled”, please keep this letter to access TAA benefits anywhere in the U.S. Go to this web site to check on a company to see if a petition has been filed and/or certified:
 
http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/determinations.cfm
Benefits and Services
If you are a member of a worker group certified by DOL and are determined to be individually eligible by your state, you may be eligible to receive the following benefits and services:

Employment and Case Management Services:
Skill assessments, career counseling, information on training, and more.

Training:
Training to earn a certificate or degree required to become re-employed.

Trade Readjustment Allowances:
Benefits payable to you while on a waiver or attending full-time training. There are deadlines associated with this benefit.

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance:
A wage subsidy for up to 2 years that is available to workers age 50 or over 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.

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