Introduction to the Workforce Professional
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.
TRADE Training Powerpoint 2011 file size 2MB The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
TRADE Training Powerpoint 2009 file size 7MB The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009
TRADE Training Powerpoint 2002 The Trade Reform Act of 2002
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.
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 Commonwealth Corporation. The weekly subsistence payments of the Trade Programs (referred to as Trade Readjustment Allowances-TRA) are administered by the Division of Employment & Training.
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].
Forms to be used while in Training:
Individual Course Outline – Helpful Course outline template for community colleges
Participant Reimbursement Form – Participant Reimbursement forms
Completion TRA Benchmarks Form – Completion TRA must substantially meet performance benchmarks that are established as part of the training approved for the worker.
English | Getting Back to Work after a Trade-Related Layoff
Spanish | Regresando a Trabajar Luego de un despedido (Trade-Related Layoff)
Updated version of the 2011 Program Brochure in English and its Spanish translation.
English | Getting Back to Work
Spanish | Volviendo al Trabajo
For additional information regarding the Trade Program please visit the
US Department of Labor website
You may download and/or print the applicable Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) 12 page packet to review with the TAA client(Documents can also be ordered to have on hand through the Central Office Reproduction Department referencing the appropriate form #’s).
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2011
The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (Form 3432)
Trade Reform Act of 2002 (Form 3433)