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TAA For Belden Employees

TAA for Belden

      HORSEHEADS---(WENY) There's good news for Belden workers who were laid off last year. Workers at the Belden Inc. Plant in Horseheads were laid off as part of the company's acquisition of PPC.
     Thursday, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced those workers will now be able to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
      Workers were initially denied The TAA Certification by the Department of Labor had initially denied
      The assistance will provide many of the laid off workers with aid, retraining, and re-employment assistance. Before workers can qualify for benefits, the determination must be made whether or not workers were laid off due to foreign competition.
       Executive Director of Workforce NY of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben County, Charles Peacock says, "A determination has to be done as to whether or not workers were directly impacted by foreign trade. So there may not necessarily be the same benefits given to each of the employees. That determination is made at the Department of Labor level."
      Employees should be getting their notification letters soon and an explanation of benefits is expected to go out to former Belden employees by the beginning of February.