|Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release|
|Wednesday, May 26, 2004
|News Media Contact
Whitewater – Governor Jim Doyle today announced today the availability of additional reemployment services for workers who lost jobs or suffered reduced work hours as a result of increased imports. Approximately 80 employees from Rowe Pottery Works in Cambridge, plus an additional 40 temporary agency employees may be eligible for these services.
"I am pleased that we are able to offer additional assistance to these workers. Wisconsin’s hard working and highly motivated workers have faced some tough economic times and this additional funding will allow us to get these folks back on their feet and back into the workforce," said Governor Doyle. "These individuals and their families need and deserve this assistance."
The services, administered by the Department of Workforce Development and local Workforce Development Boards, are available through local Job Centers. The services are funded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and include a comprehensive array of retraining and reemployment services tailored to meet the needs of the individual workers. Major activities and services, for which these workers may qualify are:
Trainingfor employment in another job or career.
Income Support,known as trade readjustment allowances (TRA).
Job Search Allowanceto cover expenses incurred in seeking employment outside normal commuting areas.
Relocation Allowancesfor approved relocation expenses to relocate to a new area of employment.
DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman said, "This federal funding will increase our capacity to serve all workers in the area, as we reconnect unemployed workers to employment as quickly as possible."
More information on DWD’s dislocated worker program can be found at http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dws/programs/dislocated/default.htm