TAA was established under the Trade Act of 1974 to help American workers who lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. It is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and cooperating state employment agencies. The Trade Act has been amended several times since 1974.
If increased competition from imports has contributed significantly to the workers’ unemployment with an employer, a petition for TAA eligibility may be filed by any group of three or more workers of a firm or subdivision of a firm, their union, or their duly authorized representative. The group may petition the U.S. DOL for a determination of eligibility to apply for TAA at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/
If the U.S. DOL determines that trade import injury has occurred to an employer, it will issue a certification of eligibility so that employees who have been laid off or had their hours reduced may apply for TAA benefits. The benefits available vary depending on when the petition was filed with the U.S. DOL. Information on the benefits available under the different programs can be found by following the links below.
TRADE ACT OF 2002
(Certified Petitions filed on or after Nov. 4, 2002, and before May 18, 2009)
TRADE ACT OF 2009
(Certified Petitions filed on or after May 18, 2009, and no later than Feb. 14, 2011)
TRADE ACT OF 2011
(Certified Petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011)