Laid Off Steel Workers Can Apply for Benefits

By WEEK Producer

The steel mill in Hennepin has been operating since 1967. It closed on July 2.

July 15, 2010 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM CDT

United Steel Workers that were laid off when Arcelor Mittal closed their plan in Hennepin can now apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits from the Federal Government.

Congressman Aaron Schock announced that affected workers can apply for certain benefits such as retraining and job placement.

"These TAA benefits will enable these United Steel Workers based in Hennepin to find employment as soon as possible. We must ensure these displaced workers have the financial support, training and opportunities to get a fresh start," says Schock.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) help trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States.

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