Employees At Ansonia Copper & Brass, Inc. In Ansonia And Waterbury Eligible
For TAA And Alternative TAA Benefits
For immediate release
December 20, 2005
WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 263 employees of Ansonia
Copper & Brass, Inc., at their Ansonia and Waterbury sites, 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
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
Center for information and assistance.
The affected workers, who were certified on Dec. 7,
2005, produced non-ferrous rod, wire and bar, and tube products.
According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or
will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after Oct. 26,
2004 and on or before Dec. 7, 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 claims can now be taken over the telephone or
Internet. Information can be found on the Department of Laborís Web site
Contact: Nancy Steffens