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US Dept. of Labor Approves Assistance For Dislocated IBM Workers
By Joe Gullo
WASHINGTON - The United States Department of Labor has approved assistance for dislocated IBM workers.
A press release says the available benefits to a worker include re-employment services, training and education and related expenses, trade readjustment allowance, job search and relocation allowance, and reemployment trade adjustment assistance.
“The Vermont Department of Labor is grateful for the strong support of Senator Sanders and Governor Shumlin in our pursuit of the Trade Certification from USDOL for the IBM workers. This certification will provide significant, additional benefits and resources for these workers”, said Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. “The TAA funds enable greater support for education, job training and job placement. The State is committed to helping any dislocated worker, and the most important step is to go to a local Department of Labor office and ask for help”.
Employees with the Power Systems Technology are not eligible for assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor says that's because those positions were consolidated at existing IBM facilities. Positions held by employees of the Game Chip Design were eliminated and are also not eligible for assistance.