Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that former employees let go from RG Steel's administrative office in Wheeling and at Mountain State Carbon's coke plant in Follansbee, an RG Steel joint venture, will receive Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) benefits.
Rockefeller has continued to push the Department of the Labor to approve TAA benefits for RG Steel employees, and with today's announcement all TAA petitions for RG Steel's facilities have been approved, including in Wheeling, Follansbee, and Beech Bottom in West Virginia, and Warren, Martins Ferry, Yorkville, Mingo Junction, and Steubenville in Ohio. Together, the TAA and HCTC programs provide income support, job training, and health care benefits to employees laid off as a result of RG Steel's bankruptcy.
"So many of RG Steel's employees have put their hearts and souls into their work in the mills -- often for years or decades," said Rockefeller. "Petitions have previously been approved for most of RG Steel's facilities, allowing the employees to receive these important benefits to help them get the support they need and get back on their feet. And now the Wheeling and Follansbee employees will get those benefits as well. West Virginians work hard every day, and I have fought for them every day. When they are let go through no fault of their own, it's good to see that they're getting needed support."
RG Steel filed for bankruptcy on May 31, and has sold off several of its facilities and assets and laid off thousands of employees.
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