Congressman Ryan and the Department of Labor Announce that RG Steel Employees Will Get Trade Adjustment Assistance

Jul 27, 2012 Issues: Helping Working Families

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July 25, 2012
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Congressman Ryan and the Department of Labor Announce that RG Steel Employees Will Get Trade Adjustment Assistance

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Tim Ryan and the U.S. Department of Labor are pleased to announce the certification of RG Steel’s petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance for their laid-off workers. Trade Adjustment Assistance will assist workers in their search for re-employment through income support, training, assistance with healthcare premium costs, employment and case management services, and may include job search and relocation allowances.

“Trade Adjustment Assistance will allow laid-off RG employees to get the training that will put them back in the workforce as quickly as possible,”said Congressman Ryan. “With the oil and natural gas investments pouring into our community, I am hopeful that many of these employees can get trained and find gainful employment right here in the Mahoning Valley. My office will continue to work with RG and its employees to ensure that the resources for retraining are available as soon as possible.”

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that assists US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The program provides trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. For example, Trade Readjustment Allowances will provide income support while workers are participating in full-time training, which may include classroom and/or on the-job training, customized training, post-secondary education, prerequisite education or coursework and remedial education. The cost of training is paid to the training provider by the State with TAA Program funds. In addition, the Health Care Tax Credit makes health insurance more affordable for trade-affected workersby paying 72.5% of health insurance premiums. 

Other provided assistance may include case management services, consisting of assessments of skill levels and service needs, developing employment goals and objectives, career counseling and supportive services.