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Information on Trade Adjustment Assistance
Jul 31, 2020

What is Trade Act?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, or “Trade Act,” started in 1974 to assist individuals who have become unemployed because of foreign trade or outsourcing. Trade Act provides federal funding to assist laid-off workers with retraining, income support, and other benefits. This funding is a direct result of a petition submitted by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

TAA benefits include:

  • Out-of-area job search allowances
  • Relocation assistance
  • Training / tuition support
  • Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA), income support
  • Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
  • Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

Who is eligible?

  • Worked for or supported Boeing Commercial Airplane (BCA) programs or products
  • Laid off between May 5, 2019 and June 23, 2022

How to apply

  1. Everyone who is laid off between May 5, 2019 through June 23, 2022 should receive a mailing from the state Employment Security Department (ESD) informing them of their eligibility apply for TAA benefits.
  2. After receiving the mailing, call 425-861-3704 to sign up for a TAA orientation session 
  3. You will be assigned a TAA counselor
  4. Work with your counselor to obtain the specific benefits that apply to your situation


More TAA Info


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IAM District 751
9125 15th Pl. S.
Seattle, WA 98108
  1-800-763-1301


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