WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (Mich. 13) announced that petitions are now available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reauthorization Act of 2015.
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“Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is an integral part of getting thousands of workers back on their feet. While too many Americans have lost jobs due to unfair trade practices, TAA provides an important first step to helping them recover,” said Rep. Conyers, Jr..
This most recent reauthorization provides expanded eligibility to workers who have lost their jobs due to trade agreements—offering opportunity to many Americans who were left out of previous iterations of TAA, even if their job loss occurred more than a year ago. This includes reconsideration for those who petitioned for assistance earlier this year but were rejected.
Since it was first authorized under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, Trade Adjustment Assistance has been a lifeline for millions of hardworking Americans. The legislation provides job training support, career counseling, income support for workers in training programs, and many others who have had their jobs affected by trade. If trade is believed to have played a large role in layoffs, then an employer, a group of three or more workers, a union or worker representative, or an American Job Center representative can apply for TAA benefits on behalf of the impacted workers.
The recent reauthorization of TAA will provide workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, and support they need to obtain meaningful jobs for in-demand professions—offering assistance to an estimated 100,000 workers.These new expansions include up to 130 weeks of benefits that help workers pay their bills while they engage in two-year training programs. It also includes eligibility for service sector workers, restoring provisions that President Obama had previously signed into law, but expired at the end of 2013. Importantly, these benefits would be applicable retroactively, meaning that an estimated 17,500 service workers who were left without benefits in the last 17 months can apply for assistance.
For more information on eligibility, please visit www.doleta.gov/tradeact/. To find the American Job Center nearest you visit www.servicelocator.org or call 1-877-US2-JOBS. The deadline for applying for retroactive benefits and services ends .
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