Congressman Tim Ryan and the U.S. Department of Labor are announcing today the certification of a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance workers at the closing General Electric (GE) Ravenna Lamp Plant. The petition was filed March 27, 2013 by a company official on behalf of the employees. Trade Adjustment Assistance will assist separated workers in their search for re-employment in a number of ways, including up to two years of retraining.
"The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program will give GE Lighting employees numerous services to help them land on their feet once the facility is closed. I will continue to work with company officials and employees to provide needed resources during this difficult transition," said Congressman Ryan.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that assists US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The program provides trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. For example, Trade Readjustment Allowances will provide income support while workers are participating in full-time training, which may include classroom and/or on the-job training, customized training, post-secondary education, prerequisite education or coursework and remedial education. The cost of training is paid to the training provider by the State with TAA Program funds. In addition, the Health Care Tax Credit makes health insurance more affordable for trade-affected workers by paying 72.5% of health insurance premiums.