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Program Overview

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The Trade Act of 1974 (19 USC 2271 et seq.), as amended, established Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to provide assistance to workers in firms hurt by foreign trade.  The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and services to eligible workers, including job training, income support, job search and relocation allowances, and a wage supplement to certain reemployed trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older.  These benefits are provided at no expense to employers.

Filing a petition is the first step in qualifying for benefits and assistance.  After the petition is filed, the U.S. Department of Labor will determine whether a significant number or proportion of the workers of the firm have become total or partially separated or are threatened to become totally or partially separated, and whether imports or a shift in production or services to a foreign country contributed importantly to these actual or threatened separations and to a decline in sales or in production of articles or supply of services.  Workers in public agencies may also qualify for assistance where an agency has acquired from a foreign country services like or directly competitive with the services the agency supplies.

If a petition is approved and the workers are certified as eligible to participate in the TAA program, workers may contact a state workforce agency to apply for benefits.  Workers covered under Connecticut-based certifications generally apply through the Connecticut Department of Labor.

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