Ex-Ceco workers eligible for TAA

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Published: November 6,2009

Tags: federal agency, global compeition, manufacturing

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Labor announced that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 16 states, including Mississippi, are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Here in Mississippi, former workers at Ceco Building Systems in Columbus are eligible for TAA benefits.

Workers covered by these latest TAA certifications will be contacted by their respective states with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those who apply may receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Some workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

Workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA). If a worker obtains new employment at wages less than $55,000 and less than those earned in adversely affected employment, the RTAA program will pay 50 percent of the difference between the old wage and the new wage, up to $12,000 over a two-year period. RTAA participants may also be eligible for retraining and the HCTC.

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