My colleagues and I were glad to see the article "Never too late to learn, workers find" in The Olympian on March 14 about the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.
In light of Congress’ recent failure to extend certain provisions of TAA, it is important to see the people who benefit from the program represented in the press.
TAA is hardly a concession for the loss of American jobs, but the program benefits available to workers and firms impacted by foreign trade, competition and outsourcing are substantial. As was mentioned, eligible workers can train for in-demand careers, fully funded by this federal program. There is also assistance available for health care, job search, relocation, and layoff aversion.
This program reaches past the timber industry.
The Washington State Labor Council, in partnership with the Employment Security Department, helps workers and employers from various industries file for, and access, TAA benefits. The weakened economy is an obvious factor in job loss. Foreign competition is harder to identify, but we can help.
Those people interested in additional information on TAA should contact the office at 866-TAA-3399, www.TAA-Washington.org, the “TAA Washington” facebook page, or TAAProgram@wslc.org for more information.