Employees At Dukal
Corporation In Niantic Eligible For Trade Act Benefits
For immediate release
August 31, 2005
WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 50 employees of
Dukal Corporation, formerly known as Hermitage Hospital Products, 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 assistance.
The affected workers, who were certified on August
12, 2005 produced wound care products, personal apparel, tapes, burn dressings,
and operating room towels.
According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or will be, totally or
partially separated from employment on or after June 30, 2004 and on or before
August 12, 2007 are eligible to apply for federal benefits.
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
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