Trade Act Programs
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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 state agency representative to complete a trade petition. Click here to view the trade petition. The petition must be properly completed and filed with the U.S. 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.
After you have filed a petition, you can check the USDOL's petition search page here. If you have questions about a pending petition, please call the USDOL at 888-365-6822.
The benefits for workers under the Trade Act include training, job search and relocation allowances, Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), 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 Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) program allows 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 Partnership & Operations Trade Act Services (TAS) 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 on the job (OJT) Training, please contact Trade Act Services at
RA-LI-BWPO-TRADE@pa.gov. Questions about Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) please contact the Federal Programs Unit at
Another benefit, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), extends income support to allow workers to complete training or support them while they look for suitable employment.
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 888-313-7284, and request to speak to the Trade unit.
For answers to questions specific to TRA in Pennsylvania, contact the Federal Programs unit at 717-787-4268.
After you have been determined eligible for TAA benefits, you should also contact your local PA CareerLink® by going to
www.PACareerLink.pa.gov and selecting the Help button in the top right hand corner, scroll down to PA CareerLink Office’s. Type in the your zip code and select miles, click the search button, a list of PA CareerLink offices and contact information will be displayed.
For more information about the Trade Act, visit the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration's website.
You can also learn about the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, on L&I's Unemployment Compensation website.