TAA assists workers who are unemployed due to increased imports from, or production shifts to foreign countries. The goal of the TAA program is to help trade-affected workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible. The TAA program is operated by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) and is administered by the Department of Economic Security in Arizona.
TAA-certified workers may access certain benefits based on the Trade Act Amendment which governs their certification. Benefits may include but are not limited to:
- Reemployment Services;
- Occupational or On-the-Job Training (If determined to be necessary to obtain suitable employment)
- Income support;
- Job Search allowance
- Relocation allowance
- Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
A petition must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor by or on behalf of a group of workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The Department of Labor investigates the facts and makes a determination whether foreign trade was an important cause of the threatened or actual job loss. If the department grants the petition to certify the worker group, individuals in the group will receive a notice of potential eligibility and a TAA program application.
If a worker is determined eligible based on their application, they should immediately apply for benefits with the local TAA Counselor. To locate an Employment Service office and a TAA Counselor, visit our online DES Office Locator and follow the steps outlined on the page.
- Detailed information regarding TAA, petitions, certifications, and much more can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact. Workers are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions before completing a petition.
- If the petition cannot be downloaded, a TAA Counselor at an Employment Service office can provide a petition and/or assistance. Two TAA petitions must be signed and sent separately to each of the following addresses by fax or U.S. Mail:
United States Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: (202) 693-3560 or 1 (888) DOL-OTAA (1 (888) 365-6822)
Fax: (202) 693-3584 or 3585
Web site: www.doleta.gov/tradeact
Arizona Trade Coordinator
400 W. Congress, Suite 420
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 209-1032
Fax: (520) 770-3022