Trade Adjustment Act

I’ve been coming in a few hours earlier than normal each afternoon to maximize my training time with B-Rad and Garden Gnome. At least working with both of them has been fun as they’re a couple of demented little guys. Good senses of humor and they are up for playing practical jokes on almost anyone here at a moment’s notice. So that’s been interesting. I feel kind of bad about leaving Mini-Rel operations in the hands of Greasy Guy again because I know what is going to happen back there in the lab and chamber area. That goofball bastard is going to slam the brakes down hard on production so he has plenty of time to wander around in the engineering department chasing after secretaries. Just like old times. Nothing ever changes around here…

Boozealler is supposed to be training with B-Rad in the morning every day but so far it sounds like he’s come up with nothing but excuses. He’s too busy, has meetings to sit in, etc. All I see him doing is kick back in his cubicle reading real estate text books. That’s it. Seems to me if he’s got enough time to be reading school books while he’s on the clock he should have enough time to learn the MI/EI process.

While I was in the Button Up area working with those two guys today, Garden Gnome quietly dropped a memo on me and told me to read it. He didn’t say much else.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

Certification Regarding Eligibility  To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance

In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19USC 2273) as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (P. L. 100-418), the Department of Labor herein presents the results of an investigation regarding certification of eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance. In order to make an affirmative determination and issue a certification of eligibility to apply for adjustment assistance, each of the group eligibility requirements of Section 222 of the Act must be met. It is determined in this case that all of the requirements have been met.

The investigation was initiated on May 13, 2002 in response to a petition filed on behalf of workers at Bill and Dave’s Company, Microelectronics Division, California. The workers were engaged in employment related to the production of test and measurement electronic components. The investigation revealed that production and employment decreased during the period under investigation. The company increased their imports during the relevant period, contributing to the separations at the subject plant.

Conclusion

After careful review of the facts obtained in the investigation, I conclude that increases of imports of articles like or directly competitive with test and measurement electronic components produced at Bill and Dave’s Company, Microelectronics Division, California contributed importantly to the decline in sales or production and to the total or partial separation of workers of that firm. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, I make the following certification: “All workers of Bill and Dave’s Company, Microelectronics Division, California who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after April 19, 2001, through two years from the date of certification are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974.”

Signed in Washington, D.C. this 3rd day of September 2002.

Looking it over my eyes practically bugged out of my skull. Get this. The company had the nerve to tell the US Government that all our job losses and layoffs were just because the company needed to stay competitive. Corporate tried to bullshit their way out of telling the truth that off shoring to places like Malaysia was just to boost short term profits. Somebody filed a suit against the company claiming our job cuts were violating a law called the Trade Adjustment Act which I hadn’t heard of before. The Government wasn’t buying Super Geek’s story and they got themselves busted. Neat. The gist of it is every employee who has been laid off over the past couple of years is now eligible for funding to go back to school and retrain in another field. There are limitations and strict guidelines on what you can do with it but that’s very cool.

Thinking about this I realized the guys in corporate really don’t have any credibility. I mean whenever they show up and try to bullshit us in a coffee talk and I read about crap like this I just don’t have any trust or respect left for those people.

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~ by factorypeasant on September 29, 2006.

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