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WORKERS OF FABRIC TRENDS INTERNATIONAL, LLC IN PLAINFIELD ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR TRADE ACT BENEFITS

For immediate release
October 19, 200
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WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 12 workers of Plainfield-based Fabric Trends International, LLC. who produced high tech upholstery and were involved in research/ development were certified on Sept. 8, 2009 as eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

The Connecticut Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all adversely affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits. Employees eligible to apply for federal benefits are those who are or will be totally or partially separated from employment due to lack of work on or after May 26, 2008 and on or before Sept. 8, 2011.

Available assistance may include training; income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas; and participation in the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program, covering 80% of qualified health insurance premiums.  Individuals 50 years of age and older who return to lower-paying work may be eligible to receive Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) wage subsidies.  Adversely affected incumbent workers, individually threatened with total or partial separation as of the date of certification and through Sept. 8, 2011 may access reemployment services, including TAA training, prior to layoff. 

Workers who qualify yet do not receive eligibility information are urged to contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Center for information and assistance.  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 at www.ct.gov.

Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535


200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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