The Trade Act of 1974 (19 USC § 2271 et seq.), as
amended, established Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to provide assistance
to workers in firms hurt by foreign
The TAA program offers a
variety of benefits and services to eligible workers, including job
training, income support, job search and relocation allowances, and a wage supplement to certain
reemployed trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older.
benefits are provided at no expense to employers.
Filing a petition is the first step in qualifying for
benefits and assistance. After the petition is filed, the U.S. Department
of Labor will determine whether a significant number or proportion of the
workers of the firm have become total or partially separated or are
threatened to become totally or partially separated, and whether imports or
a shift in production or services to a foreign country contributed
importantly to these actual or threatened separations and to a decline in
sales or in production of articles or supply of services. Workers in public
agencies may also qualify for assistance where an agency has acquired from a
foreign country services like or directly competitive with the services the
If a petition is approved and the workers are certified
as eligible to participate in the TAA program, workers may contact a
state workforce agency to apply for benefits.
Workers covered under Connecticut-based certifications generally
apply through the Connecticut Department of Labor.
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