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Displaced workers in LaPorte eligible for federal TAA benefits

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All workers of TDY Industries LLC in LaPorte--doing business as ATI Casting Service--are eligible to receive services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, under a ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced.

The TAA program is made available to workers who are displaced due to foreign imports or shifts in production out of the country. TAA services may include job search and relocation allowances, training, or weekly allowances payable to eligible workers following the exhaustion of unemployment insurance benefits.

The federal ruling was issued on June 18 and applies to workers totally or partially separated from employment on or after May 13, 2013, through two years from the date of certification; and to all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on date of certification through two years from the date of certification.

“The workers' firm is engaged in activities related to the production of iron casting, primarily used for locomotive engine blocks, wind and natural gas turbine components, counterweight, pump and compressor components, and seismic bearing components,” DWD said.

If DOL finds that a significant number of workers at the company age 50 or over possess skills which are not easily transferable and that competitive conditions within the industry are adverse, the workers may also be eligible for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA).

“If the company is certified, older workers may choose between regular TAA benefits or a wage subsidy of 50 percent of the difference between their new salary and old salary, up to $10,000,” DWD said.

That determination will be made in the coming weeks and will be posted online at

Enter the certification number TA-W-85307.

Eligible workers may obtain information at their local WorkOne center. A listing of all of the centers can be found at



Posted 7/3/2014