The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is available to workers who lose their jobs, hours or income as a result of increased foreign trade activity. The TAA is funded by of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). We administer the program.
If you believe you lost your job -- or had your work hours or wages reduced -- due to federal trade activity you could be eligible for federal assistance.
Workers may be eligible for training services, job search allowances, relocation allowances and reemployment services, including some or all of the following:
When a layoff or work reduction occurs, a petition for TAA must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor and the TAA Coordinator by one of the following:
The petition is available online at www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
Questions about completing this form should be directed to the State TAA Coordinator at DEED via email, or call toll-free at (888) 234-1330.
Filing a petition is done in conjunction with immediate rapid response and basic adjustment services to workers. Rapid reemployment is the goal. The U.S. Department of Labor has 40 calendar days to complete its investigation and make a decision on eligibility.
There are two types of eligibility for TAA benefits: group and individual eligibility. A different process applies to each:
The U.S. Department of Labor reviews a petition on behalf of a group of workers in a particular company. It decides whether they are eligible to apply for TAA benefits and programs.
On behalf of the state, your local WorkForce Center or the approved program operator reviews applications from individual workers whose group petition has already been certified. They recommend to the state which TAA program benefits the worker is eligible to receive.
To be eligible for TAA benefits, applicants must meet three requirements:
Applicants who meet these requirements should visit their nearest WorkForce Center or the approved program operator and file an application for a determination of individual eligibility for TAA, or contact the State Coordinator at (651) 259-7543 or toll-free at (888) 234-1330.
TAA training helps trade-impacted workers obtain the skills necessary to gain suitable employment. TAA will pay 100 percent of tuition, course fees, books and required supplies and equipment, transportation and other items or services deemed necessary for the completion of an approved occupational skills training program.
Trade Readjustment Allowance
Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) is a weekly income support payment that is available to trade-impacted workers who are enrolled in a full-time, TAA-approved training program or who have received a Waiver of Training.
The amount of money participants receive through TRA is generally the same as the unemployment insurance benefits they previously received. In this way, TRA benefits act like an extended income support after participants have exhausted their unemployment benefits.
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) provides a wage supplement benefit for trade-impacted workers who are over age 50. RTAA can provide up to 50 percent of the difference between a participant's former trade-impacted wage and the new wage.
On-the-job training (OJT) is appropriate for participants when an employer is willing to hire and train them for a job different than the one from which they were separated (or laid off). Employers are reimbursed for up to 50 percent of a worker's new wage.
Among the OJT requirements:
TAA Program Information Line
Toll Free: 1-888-234-1330
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
ATTN: Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1351
Anthony Alongi, Program Director
Margie Jones, Program Assistant