Employees At Danaher Tool Group
In West Hartford Eligible For Trade Act Benefits
For immediate release
August 8, 2005
WETHERSFIELD – Approximately 20-30
employees of Danaher Tool Group, a division of EASCO Hand Tools, have been
certified as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and
Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) benefits, State Labor
Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman said today.
Cashman said the Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the
benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply
for benefits. He urged workers who do not receive eligibility information to
contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Center for information and
workers, who were certified on July 22, 2005 produced hex key packets and
mechanic hand tools.
According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or
will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after June 7, 2004
and on or before July 22, 2007 are eligible to apply for federal benefits.
Available assistance may include training and income support in
the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances, as well as job search and relocation
allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their
normal commuting areas. Participation in ATAA may be available as an
alternative to some TAA benefits, allowing older workers who accept reemployment
at a lower wage to receive a wage subsidy. In addition, health coverage tax
credits may be available to individuals eligible to receive TAA income support
or ATAA wage subsidies.
Those who need to apply for
unemployment benefits are reminded that initial claims are now taken over the
telephone as part of Connecticut’s "Dial to File" TeleBenefits system while
continuing claims can be filed on the agency’s Web site. Information can be
found on the Department of Labor’s Web site at
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535
ATTENTION ! ! !
Employees of Danaher Tool Group, a division of EASCO Hand Tools,
who produced hex
key packets and mechanical hand tools.
You were certified on July 22, 2005 as eligible to apply for
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA)
under the federal Trade Act if you were, are or will be totally or partially
separated from employment on or after June 7, 2004 and on or before July 22,
Employees covered by the certification may
qualify for benefits such as training, job search and relocation allowances,
income support and health coverage tax credit.
Eligible workers may contact the nearest Department of Labor/CTWorks
Center for information and assistance.