April 11, 2003 |
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DISPLACED WORKERS TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCEAdditional aid will help former
Wright Products Corporation employees
Madison – Governor Jim Doyle and the Department of Workforce
Development (DWD) today announced that workers who lost their jobs at
Wright Products Corporation, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, will receive
additional assistance from the federal government because their job losses
were a result of increased foreign competition. The Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration rewarded the request by DWD to
assist the former workers.
"We are grateful that the Department of Labor has agreed to assist
these hard working Wisconsin residents, who were victims of poor economic
conditions and stiff foreign competition. These individuals and their
families need and deserve this assistance," said Governor Jim Doyle.
The Department of Workforce Development made the requests on behalf of
the affected workers on January 16, 2003, for workers at Wright Products
Corporation. Workers who suffered employment loss on or after January 16,
2002 through February 26, 2005 from Wright Products, are eligible to apply
for assistance under Section 223 of the Trade act of 1974, as amended.
The Department of Labor determined that workers were eligible for
assistance because increases of imports of articles like or directly
competitive with products produced by these companies contributed to the
total or partial separation of workers and to a decline in sales or
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) offers a variety of benefits and
reemployment services to assist unemployed workers prepare for and obtain
suitable employment. Workers may be eligible for training, job search and
relocation allowances, income support and other reemployment services.
Affected workers can contact their local Job Center at (888) 258-9966
for more information.
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