RELEASE: Congressman Ryan and the Department of Labor Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance for GE Lighting in Warren

Jan 11, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

 

RELEASE: Congressman Ryan and the Department of Labor Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance for GE Lighting in Warren

 

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Tim Ryan and the U.S. Department of Labor are announcing today the certification of a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance for laid-off workers at GE Lighting, Inc. in Warren. The petition was filed in August by the IUE/CWA union on behalf of the laid-off employees. Trade Adjustment Assistance will assist separated workers in their search for re-employment in a number of ways, including up to two years of retraining.

“The Trade Adjustment Assistance offered to those workers at GE Lighting who lost their jobs will speed up the process of getting them back in the workforce,”said Congressman Ryan. “I hope that these workers can still find their future here in the Valley—find employment here and raise their children here. My office will continue to work with the IUE/CWA to ensure that needed resources for these workers are provided.”

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 workers by paying 72.5% of health insurance premiums. 

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