Murray Applauds Additional Trade Adjustment Assistance for Laid-Off Boeing Workers

Mar 11 2004

Extended benefits mean resources, assistance for workers and families in difficult time

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Employment, Safety and Training Subcommittee, today announced that all laid-off Boeing Commercial Airplane Group workers and employees laid-off at the Triumph Group in Spokane, are now eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group workers and Spokane Triumph workers will now be eligible for federal income support, training assistance, and a job search allowance. Senator Murray worked with the Machinists Union, the Washington State Labor Council and the Department of Labor to ensure approval of the Machinists’ petition.

“This assistance is absolutely critical for the Boeing and Triumph workers across our state who have lost their jobs due to forces beyond their control,” Senator Murray said. “TAA will mean the difference between someone who is trapped outside the workforce without the skills they need and someone who can compete and win in today’s economy. I am proud to have stood beside these workers and their families to make sure they have the resources and assistance they need to move to new jobs, higher incomes and brighter futures.”

Under the TAA, the Boeing and Triumph workers will be eligible for:

  • Training: Workers may receive up to 104 weeks of approved training in occupational skills, basic or remedial education, or literacy training.

  • Income Support: Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) are weekly cash payments available for 52 weeks after a worker's state unemployment compensation is exhausted.

  • Job Search Allowance: reimburses workers for approved expenses if successful in obtaining employment outside the normal commuting area.