Former Georgia Pacific workers will have an opportunity to learn more about Trade Adjustment Assistance in the coming weeks.

The Arkansas Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce services will be hosting TAA information sessions by teleconference  for eligible workers next week.

Workers will receive a letter with the conference call number, which will also tell workers when they should call in.

The calls will be at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. April 7 to 10, as well as April 14 and 15.

The Department of Commerce notified workers Feb. 26 that GP employees, “who became totally separated from employment on or after March 8, 2017 through Jan. 22, 2021” were eligible for TAA benefits. The majority of those who qualify were workers impacted by the June 2019 layoff announcements.

On-site leased workers from Encardia Staffing Solutions, Manpower, Advanced Technology Services and Rezzelle, Inc., are also eligible for the assistance.

Possible benefits workers may qualify for include Trade Readjustment Allowance, which the February notice said is, “weekly subsidy benefits if you are enrolled in TAA-approved training or have a waiver of the training requirement.

The notice likewise said that workers who are 50 years or older who get a new job that pays less than their previous job with a trade certified employer may be eligible for Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance wage subsidy payments.

The reemployment services workers have access to include “counseling, testing, placement services, supportive services, and other reemployment services through your local Arkansas Workforce Center,” the notice said.

The job search and relocation allowances in the notice are characterized as “an allowance to cover expenses while looking for a job outside your normal commuting area to assist in moving to your new location.”

Workers may also qualify to receive training that helps improve their job prospects.

“If you are approved for vocational and technical training, the TAA Program may pay for the cost of tuition, books, and fees required for training,” the notice said. “In addition, if TAA approved training takes place at a training facility located outside your normal commuting area, the TAA Program may pay the costs of travel and subsistence.”

For more information, contact Christie Satterwhite  at 870-901-7806.

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