Former Hostess workers now eligible to apply for assistance
BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2/20/13 at 10:14 AM
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance, including 337 workers in Oklahoma.
This TAA certification was based on a Labor Department investigation to determine whether the layoff event met the group eligibility criteria set forth by the Trade Act of 1974. An investigation found that increased imports of baked products contributed importantly to the company’s sales declines and worker separations.
Workers covered by this TAA certification will be contacted by their respective state workforce agencies with instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those who qualify may receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and, or trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training.
Workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit.