Employees at Hitchcock Chair Company in New
Eligible For TAA and Alternative TAA Benefits
For immediate release
January 24, 2006
WETHERSFIELD – Approximately 67 employees
of Hitchcock Chair Company, Ltd. (a division of Hitchcock Holdings) in New
Hartford 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.
affected workers, who were certified on Jan. 13, 2006, produced wood furniture.
According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or will be, totally
or partially separated from employment on or after Dec. 4, 2005 and on or before
Jan. 13, 2008, 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 claims can now be taken over the
telephone or Internet. Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s
Web site at
Steffens (860) 263-6535
ATTENTION ! ! !
Employees of Hitchcock Chair Company
in New Hartford who produced wood furniture
You were certified on Jan. 13,
2006 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 Dec. 4, 2005 and on
or before Jan. 13, 2008.
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.