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Employees at Hitchcock Chair Company in New Hartford 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. 

The 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 www.ct.gov/dol.   

Contact: Nancy 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.


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