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  • TRA: (608) 267-7772
    Fax (414) 393-6825
    E-mail tra@dwd.wi.gov
  • TAA: (888) 258-9966


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)

About the Trade Program

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (TAA) is a federal program that provides special assistance to workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased foreign imports or, under certain conditions, a shift of production outside of the United States.

In order to be eligible for Trade program benefits and services, you must be a worker who lost their job at a company certified by the Department of Labor as a Trade affected location.

Goal of the Program

The goal of the TAA Program is to help dislocated workers obtain suitable reemployment as quickly as possible. Suitable employment is defined as a job of equal or higher skill level with wages not less than 80% of those earned at adversely affected employment at the time of layoff.

What Law Are You Covered Under?

The Federal Trade Act of 1974 was amended in 2002, 2009, 2011 and 2014 (see Statutes & Regulations). The mix of services and benefits will be different based on when petitions were filed.

Petition Number

If you don’t know your company's petition number, you may identify it by conducting a search on the US DOL website using your company name. The petition number corresponds with the law governing the TAA Program at the time the TA-W number was assigned.

The petition number also indicates whether the benefits that may be available to you are those under the 2002, 2009, 2011 or 2014 Law.

For more program information, please refer to the appropriate participant handbook based on when your petition was filed.