Trade Adjustment Assistance
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Building and Trades WorkerTrade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a Federal entitlement program which offers help to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

Under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, workers whose employment is adversely affected by increased imports may apply for TAA. TAA includes a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment.

TAA is a transitional program that combines aspects of two laws that are in effect:
  • Title I of the Workforce Investment Act for dislocated workers, and the
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, under the Trade Act of 1974.
TAA offers help to workers whose company (Primary Firms) has been impacted or is threatened to be impacted as a direct result of increased imports from Canada or Mexico. In other words, if workers lose their jobs when a plant in the United States closes and moves the production to Canada or Mexico, of if a company’s production has declined in direct response to imports from Canada or Mexico, these workers would be eligible for assistance such as rapid response and the opportunity to engage in long-term training while receiving cash payments and other reemployment benefits.

NurseThe TAA program also covers workers in companies (secondary firms) that are indirectly affected by trade with Canada or Mexico. For example, if a secondary firm supplied materials to a primary firm who has been or was directly affected under TAA; these workers may also be eligible for assistance.

Secondary firms include:
  • Companies that supply materials to a primary firm that has been directly affected by shifts in production to, or imports from, Canada or Mexico;
  • Companies that assemble or finish components produced by a primary firm that has been directly affected by shifts in production to, or imports from, Canada or Mexico; and
  • Family farms and farm workers who do not meet the group eligibility requirements.
 
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