Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA)

As a result of Federal trade agreements with foreign countries, Congress has enacted special policies to help dislocated workers. Under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) and the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA), workers whose employment is adversely affected by the trade policies and resulting increased imports (as well as other criteria) may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance. TGAAA eligibility includes a variety of benefits and re-employment services aimed to help these unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers who qualify may be eligible for a weekly allowance (TRA), occupational training, job search allowances, a relocation allowance, a health care tax credit, reemployment adjustment assistance, as well as other re-employment services.

How do I get started?

  1. Visit www.doleta.gov/tradeact/determinations.cfm to see if the company you worked for has an active TRADE petition.
  2. Contact the local workforce office: the McHenry County Workforce Network (MCWN) is the local administrator of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the TRADE acts (above) and serves eligible workers who need assistance with employment and training options. (Eligibility refers to federal grant regulations regarding economic status, barriers to employment and dislocation information.) For information about how to apply, go to www.mchenrycountyworkforce.com. Request an invitation to a TRADE orientation meeting.
  3. Attend a TRADE orientation meeting to complete the application process. You will be assigned to a career advisor after a preliminary assessment.
  4. Follow all directions included at the orientation and work with your career advisor. You must meet specific criteria set forth by the different TRADE Acts for each benefit. Your career advisor will work with you to select the most appropriate benefits or training program for you.
  5. If training is recommended, you will receive a new customer worksheet from your career advisor to be bring to the TRADE Liaison at MCC, Nancy Bollman. Please contact Nancy at (815) 455-8598 to make a brief appointment once you have received your new customer worksheet.
  6. Nancy will assist you with the MCC application process (if necessary), and provide information about placement tests, transcript requirements, orientations, and financial aid. She will also direct you to make an appointment with an academic advisor who will complete an Education Action plan (academic plan).
  7. Please do NOT register for classes prior to receiving official TRADE approval for your training program. Schedule an appointment with your MCWN career advisor. If the training program is approved, you will then receive a voucher to register for classes, which you will take to MCC’s Registration office. This voucher authorizes payment for your classes.

Review approvable training programs at MCC ⇒

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration ⇒