Representative Dan Maffei (D-NY) announced today that Oberdorfer's application to the U.S. Department of Labor for Trade Adjustment Assistance was accepted. This approval will provide training, assistance, and resources for the 86 workers who will be laid off from their jobs at the Oberdorfer foundry in DeWitt this June. Maffei pushed for approval in a letter earlier this year and urged the Federal Department of Labor to approve the application. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that assists U.S workers who have lost their jobs by providing workers with the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to find new jobs.
"Helping Central New Yorkers find good-paying jobs is my top priority. I applaud the Department of Labor's decision to approve Oberdorfer's application and provide these Central New York workers with the resources, skills, services, and training to get them back on the job," said Rep. Dan Maffei. "This support is critical for the Oberdorfer workers and their families who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and will help them get back to work as quickly as possible."
Benefits under the TAA program include up to 130 weeks of full-time or part-time training, tax credits to cover healthcare costs and reimbursement for job seeking activities that take place outside of the local area. The program also offers relocation allowances, employment and case management services and a wage subsidy for workers reemployed at annual wages of $50,000 or less.