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Services offered for laid off workers

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Gazette Staff
May 31, 2008
— Workers laid off at Chromalox in Orfordville can take advantage of additional services announced Thursday.

The federal assistance will allow workers to receive training to improve their skills in to find new jobs.


Chromalox, a manufacturer of industrial heating products, announced April 29 it would close its facilities in Orfordville and Albany. The move affects 30 workers in Orfordville and 80 in Albany.


Employment services for displaced workers will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and are available through local Job Centers and funded through Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance.


They include retaining and re-employment services. Major activities and services for which these workers may qualify for are:


-- Training for employment in another job or career.


-- Income support, known as trade readjustment allowances.


-- Job search allowance to cover expenses incurred in seeking employment outside normal commuting areas.


-- Relocation allowances for approved relocations expenses to relocate to a new area of employment.


Affected workers also are eligible to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, which is available to workers 50 or older who have skills that are not easily transferable. Qualifying workers who obtain new employment within 26 weeks of separation can receive a wage subsidy to help bridge the salary gap between their old and new employment. The program was designed to provide assistance to workers for whom the retraining offered under the regular TAA program might not be appropriate.


TO LEARN MORE

Those interested in receiving re-employment assistance should contact a local Job Center or visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dws/programs/dislocated/default.htm. The nearest Job Center location can be found by calling 888-258-9966 toll free.



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