- TRA: (608) 267-7772
Fax (414) 393-6825
- TAA: (888) 258-9966
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
ELIGIBILITY: In order to be eligible for
the Trade Program you must be a worker who lost their job at a company certified
by the Department of Labor as a Trade affected employer. In order to find out if your company was certified you can go to the
Department of Labor website and enter your company’s name.
Please contact the TRA Assistance Line for application information at (608) 267-7772.
- Workers lose their jobs due to the impact of foreign trade.
- A petition is filed with the Department of Labor (DOL) by a company or employer, a group
of three or more workers, their union, or another authorized representative.
- If requirements under the Trade Act are met, DOL will certify petition.
- After a company's petition is certified, DWD receives a list of affected workers.
- DWD contacts affected workers within a few weeks:
- For employers with 25 or more affected workers:
Workers will be invited to attend an intake session, receive an application packet and fill out forms at session.
- For employers with less than 25 affected workers:
Workers will be mailed an application packet and may receive an invitation to a small group intake presentation.
- Workers need to file individual TAA/TRA applications to determine eligibility for services and benefits. A
video tutorial is available to assist you
with filling out application forms.
For more information about the petition process visit the Department of Labor
How to Apply
- If you have not already filed application forms at a group intake meeting or through the mail,
please contact the TRA Assistance Line to request an application packet at (608) 267-7772.
- REMINDER: In order to be eligible for the
Trade program you must be a worker who lost their job at a company certified by
the Department of Labor as a Trade affected location.
- A video is available to assist you with filling out application forms to determine eligibility.
- This 13 minute video walks you through
the "TRA Participant Affidavit of Work" and "TAA Program Application" forms
providing helpful tips for completing each form:
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Text Transcript of Video
Contact the TRA Assistance Line for assistance in filling out application forms at (608) 267-7772.
After You Apply
- After you have applied for the Trade Program, the DWD Unemployment Insurance
Division will process your application to determine if you are eligible.
- This may take up to 4-6 weeks.
- If you are already working with a case manager, continue to work with them to develop your reemployment plan.
- I've applied, what's next?
Now you need to be aware of certain deadlines and other
important next steps for you to take.