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Cedar Rapids & Waterloo workers eligible for assistance

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - Workers in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance.

"The assistance will give workers an opportunity to receive training for new skills so they can compete for new jobs in the future.  It will help these employees get back on their feet," Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said.

Workers from Eagle Ottawa LLC in Waterloo who lost their jobs on or after October 22, 2007 through two years from the date of certification are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance.

Employees from Iowa Precision Industries in Cedar Rapids lost their jobs on or after November 13, 2007 are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance.

Workers can access these benefits by going to the local one-stop career center. The closest career center can be found by visiting www.servicelocator.org and entering the zip code.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. 

The TAA program offers a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help 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.

Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance provides assistance for workers over the age of 50 and retraining may not be appropriate.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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