The Department of Labor has certified a Trade Adjustment Assistance petition for all 127 employees of Monroe’s Apex Tool company.
The company announced plans in February to lay off its employees and close its Monroe facility in August. The Trade Adjustment Program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours and wages are cut as a result of increased imports or a company shifting production to a foreign country. Workers may be eligible for training, job search and relocation allowances, income support and other re-employment services.
“The TAA petition certification will help these former employees in a time when they need it most,” Congressman Larry Kissell said. “While it will never completely replace what has been lost, it will help these folks with education, retraining and assistance in finding new jobs. I’m committed to making sure that we do all we can to protect American jobs and keep our people employed.”
The petition will covers all workers at Apex Tool’s plant, including leased workers from Staffmark who have lost jobs at the plant since January 24, 2010, through two years from the date of certification.
“For far too long, bad trade deals have ravaged our economy and put our workers at a disadvantage,” Kissell said. “We must end the unfair incentives for companies to ship our good American jobs overseas, and the trade deals that promote them. I will continue to oppose any trade deal that does not do enough to increase American exports and keep our jobs where they belong – right here.”