U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that more than 300 workers at Appleton Papers, Inc. in Montgomery County are eligible to apply for worker adjustment assistance through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In April 2012, Brown wrote to DOL Secretary Hilda Solis requesting the approval of the TAA petition application filed on behalf of workers at the West Carrollton company.
"Miami Valley workers are second-to-none in work ethic, dedication, and productivity," Brown said. "Ohioans who work hard and play by the rules should not be left to struggle when they lose their job through no fault of their own. These resources will help ensure that displaced workers from Appleton Papers have the financial support and training opportunities to get a fresh start."
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program is a federal program that provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose work hours and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. The program extends benefits including training for employment in another job or career, income support, job search allowances, and relocation allowances. Qualified workers may quickly return to employment through a combination of these services.
Full text of the letter is below.
April 19, 2012
The Honorable Hilda Solis
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20210
Dear Secretary Solis:
I am writing in strong support of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) petition filed on behalf of the workers of Appleton Papers. In February, the company announced it would end its paper production in West Carrollton, OH. This decision will adversely affect approximately 240 union workers and 85 salary workers.
As the Department of Labor reviews the petition, I am confident you will find that it meets the eligibility requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance. Such assistance will greatly help these Ohio workers get back on their feet and transition to new careers.
I ask that you give immediate attention to this matter, as a timely response is needed for the workers and their families. Please keep my office informed on the status of this application.
Your response should be directed to my Cincinnati Office, 425 Walnut St. Suite 2310, Cincinnati, OH, 45202.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
United States Senator