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Employees At Intermark Fabric Corporation In Plainfield Eligible For TAA And Alternative TAA Benefits

For immediate release
December 29, 2005

WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 80-100 employees of Intermark Fabric Corporation in Plainfield 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 Dec. 8, 2005 supplied imitation suede and velvets used in production of upholstery fabrics.


According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after Sept. 28, 2004 and on or before Dec.8, 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 claims can now be taken over the telephone or Internet.  Information can be found on the Department of Laborís Web site at 


Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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