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Employees At Dukal Corporation In Niantic Eligible For Trade Act Benefits

For immediate release
August 31, 2005 

WETHERSFIELD,  Approximately 50 employees of Dukal Corporation, formerly known as Hermitage Hospital Products, have been certified as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) benefits, State Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman said today.

Cashman said the Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits.  He urged workers who do not receive eligibility information to contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Center for information and assistance.

The affected workers, who were certified on August 12, 2005 produced wound care products, personal apparel, tapes, burn dressings, and operating room towels.

According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after June 30, 2004 and on or before August 12, 2007 are eligible to apply for federal benefits.

Available assistance may include training and income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances, as well as job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas.  Participation in ATAA may be available as an alternative to some TAA benefits, allowing older workers who accept reemployment at a lower wage to receive a wage subsidy.  In addition, health coverage tax credits may be available to individuals eligible to receive TAA income support or ATAA wage subsidies.

Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that initial claims are now taken over the telephone as part of Connecticut’s "Dial to File" TeleBenefits system while continuing claims can be filed on the agency’s Web site.  Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s Web site at

Contact: Nancy Steffens   (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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