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Former Stanley Employees May Apply For Trade Adjustment Assistance

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US Department of Labor certifies approximately 3,900 workers in 15 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Following the announcement that Stanley Furniture would eliminate 530 domestic jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor said that Stanley Furniture employees would be eligible, along with approximately 3,900 workers from companies in 15 states — California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin — to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

"The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to supporting all workers, including those who are impacted by trade," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, we are leveraging opportunities for displaced workers to acquire the skills needed to secure good jobs in promising areas of their local economies."

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.

For more information on TAA and the range of Department of Labor employment and training services, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

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