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As a workforce professional providing services to dislocated workers who may qualify for assistance, there are many places you can obtain information to assist you in this task.  In particular, for those workers who may have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, you can provide assistance and information on the Trade Programs.

Helping them to plan out their reemployment needs and goals and how they plan to attain those is vital. You are the cornerstone between the TAA Unit, Vendors, and the TAA Participants.

The following PowerPoint training presentations will give you a quick synopsis of the four sets of rules administered by the TAA Programs. You may download and/or print the applicable Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) law to review.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015) - Petition Numbers that begin at 85,000 and above
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015

Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA) - Petition Numbers that range between 81,000 to 84,999 AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2011

Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) - Petition Numbers that range between 70,000 to 79,999
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2009

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAARA) - Petition Numbers 69,999 or below AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2002

TAA Program
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for workers was first established at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the Trade Act of 1974 (1974 Act). Currently, when DOL receives a petition for TAA from a group of workers or its authorized representative, DOL conducts a fact-finding investigation to determine whether increased imports have contributed importantly to the workers’ displacement. If the findings of the investigation show that the workers have been adversely affected by import competition, the Secretary of Labor issues a certification of eligibility to apply for adjustment assistance.

Petitions:
Petition Status – Check the status of a Petition
File a Petition – Download forms to file a Petition

Individual workers who meet the qualifying criteria may receive job retraining, income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), job search allowances, and relocation allowances.

In addition, all workers covered by a certification are eligible for basic reemployment services such as job referrals, job clubs, resume-writing assistance, and so forth.  

In Massachusetts, the services of the Trade Programs are administered by the Department of Career Services (DCS).  The weekly subsistence payments of the Trade Programs (referred to as Trade Readjustment Allowances-TRA) are administered by the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).  

The DCS TAA Pamphlet provides a general information of the Benefits and Services provided through the One-Stop Career Centers - TAA Pamphlet

For additional information regarding the Trade Program please visit the US Department of Labor website.

The following links should provide useful information on economic development and trade:

- Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA) [http://www.taacenters.org/index.html]
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA), a federal program, provides financial assistance to manufacturers affected by import competition. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this cost sharing federal assistance program pays for half the cost of consultants or industry-specific experts for projects that improve a manufacturer's competitiveness.

- North American Development Bank (NADB) [http://www.nadbank.org]
NADB and its sister institution, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), were created by the governments of the United States and Mexico in a joint effort to preserve and enhance environmental conditions and the quality of life of people living along the U.S.-Mexico border.

- Community Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP) [http://www.nadbank-caip.org]
The Community Adjustment and Investment Program [CAIP] was created by Congress through passage of the 1993 NAFTA Implementation Act which also created the North American Development Bank [NADB], which provides the capital for the CAIP and is responsible for its administration. The subsequent Presidential Executive Order No. 12916 gave oversight for the program to a Finance Committee consisting of several Federal Agencies. The purpose of the CAIP is to help U.S. communities that suffer significant job losses as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA].

- Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT) [http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct/]
TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment.

Forms to be used while participant is in Training:
Academic Course Outline  
For all Trade approved academic programs, (Certificate and/or Degree) at any College or University the school must provide the Trade Program with an individual course outline for the client.

Participant Reimbursement Form  
This form is for participants who request reimbursement for items that are required of all students in order to complete the training program.

Completion TRA Benchmarks Form & Instructions
All participants under the 2011 and 2015 rules are required to have benchmarks showing satisfactory performance and progress for all trainings longer than 3 months.  Benchmarks are required as a part of the eligibility to receive up to 13 weeks of Completion TRA cash benefits while in training.

Trade Acts Matrix Table   
Comparison of the four sets of rules administered by the TAA Program..

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Booklet and Guide Cards
The following booklets and guide cards will give you a quick synopsis of the four sets of rules administered by the TAA Program. You may download and/or print the applicable Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to review.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015)
Petition Numbers that begin at 85,000 and above
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015
TAARA 2015 (Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015) – Spanish version

2015 Guide Cards  pdf format of 2015 Guide Cards



Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA)
Petition Numbers that range between 81,000 to 84,999 AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2011

2011 Guide Cards  pdf format of 2011 Guide Cards

Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA)
Petition Numbers that range between 70,000 to 79,999
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2009

2009 Guide Cards  pdf format of 2009 Guide Cards

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAARA)
Petition Numbers 69,999 or below AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)