August 27, 2009

At Gillibrand’s Urging, Laid-Off Tire Workers in Western New York Now Eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Import Surge Forced Job Losses in Tonawanda, Senator Fought to Expedite Critical Federal Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Amidst continued job losses for New York workers, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today helped secure real relief for laid-off workers at Goodyear Dunlop Tires in Tonawanda by fighting to make them eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) - a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

"This is great news for the workers and families of Western New York who have been hit hardest in these tough economic times," Senator Gillibrand said. "TAA will help bring real relief and help get these workers and families back on track. I will continue working to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government to rebuild our economy."

TAA 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 or outsourcing. The program extends benefits including training for employment in another job or career, income support, job search allowance, and relocation allowances. Qualified workers may quickly return to employment through a combination of these services.

Earlier this year, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the surge in tires imported from China has been directly hurting the economy of Western New York by taking away business and jobs from Goodyear Dunlop Tires in Tonawanda - underscoring the critical need for TAA funding for these workers.

Last month, Senator Gillibrand joined 14 of her Senate colleagues to call on Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to expedite relief for New York's distressed workers and make sure that additional TAA funding that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gets to the workers who need it most, and isn't help up in government bureaucracy.