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Retraining Benefits Meeting For Former Skyjack Employees

By Staff | Nov 10, 2009

Skyjack Manufacturing, Inc. in Emmetsburg, has been certified by the U.S. Department of Labor for retraining benefits under the Trade Act of 2009 (Petition #71896). If you were laid off during the time period of July 31, 2008, through the present date, you are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (Trade Act benefits). If your layoff is “threatened,” you are also eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. In an effort to assist you with the understanding of these benefits and the process for accessing them, an informational meeting has been scheduled for your convenience.

The informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the auditorium at Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg Campus, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The meeting is scheduled to last approximately three hours. The length generally depends on the number of questions.

This meeting will provide you the menu of benefits (such as classroom training, on-the-job training, job relocation, etc.) that will be available for you to choose from once you have been laid off, you have completed the initial Trade Act eligibility paperwork, and your individual eligibility has been verified. We will discuss these benefits in detail, including the timeframes for accessing the services and the paperwork that must be completed for each service. All the benefits, training or support, will be reviewed during the meeting.

The initial Trade Act eligibility paperwork will also be completed at this meeting. Please make sure you bring a pen to write with as well as a copy of your résumé or a detailed listing of your work history that you can leave with us. This paperwork is very important because the training benefits are good as long as Congress funds this program or makes no contrary legislative changes. If you do not use any of the benefits at this time, you may access them at any Workforce Development Office in the continental United States, but only if you have completed the eligibility paperwork.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Anderson, TAA Coordinator, at 515-281-9022.