Programs and Resources
Trade Act Programs
The Trade Act allows workers whose jobs have been affected by foreign competition to receive a variety of benefits and reemployment services. The goal of the Trade Act is to assist dislocated workers in obtaining suitable (family-sustaining) employment from a combination of reemployment services and possibly training.
The first step is for an employer, three workers, union representative, or community representative to complete a trade petition. Click here to view the trade petition.
The petition must be properly completed and filed with the US Department of Labor (USDOL) and the appropriate State agency. In Pennsylvania, the unit responsible for receiving Trade petitions is the Department of Labor & Industry's Federal Programs unit (Fax: 717-772-0378). However, the USDOL determines Trade eligibility for each petition.
The benefits for workers under the Trade Act include training, job search and relocation allowances, Alternative and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA), Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), and Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) income support. All of these benefits have certain deadlines and eligibility requirements.
Training for eligible individuals include basic skills, GED, prerequisite, apprenticeship, occupational and on the job training (OJT).
Job search and relocation allowances help eligible individuals to look for and obtain suitable employment outside of their normal commuting area, when suitable employment is not available within their normal commuting area.
The Alternative and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA) programs allow older workers (at least 50 years of age) to obtain new employment and receive a wage subsidy which pays 50% of the difference between their previous employment and the new employment.
The Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership's Trade Coordination Services (TCS) unit is responsible for interpretation and enforcement portions of the Trade Act in PA. Questions about TAA benefits (training, job search and relocation allowances, and Alternative and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA)), please contact TCS at 717-783-8050.
Another benefit, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), extends income support to allow workers to complete training or support them while they look for suitable employment.
The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) assists displaced workers with a tax credit to obtain affordable medical coverage. This currently pays 80% of monthly insurance premiums for qualified insurance plans while an individual is receiving TRA or ATAA/RTAA benefits. For general information about HCTC, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at www.irs.gov
and Search for "HCTC".
For answers to questions specific to HCTC and/or TRA in Pennsylvania, contact the Federal Programs unit at 717-787-4268.
To be eligible for these benefits, a worker must file a TAA/TRA claim in the state where he or she established UC-eligibility from a certified employer. In Pennsylvania, a worker must contact the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Center at 1-888-313-7284, and request to speak to the Trade unit.
After you have been determined eligible for TAA benefits, you should also contact your local PA CareerLink®. Visit www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us
to find the location nearest to you.
For more information about the Trade Act, visit the United States Department of Labor Web site: