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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program

Important Notice:On July 1, 2022, the termination provision under Section 285(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, took effect. Until further notice, the U.S. Department of Labor may not issue any TAA determinations and may not accept any new petitions or requests for reconsideration. Requests to amend current certifications may still be filed. Workers who were certified and separated from their job on or before June 30, 2022, may still be eligible for benefits and services and should contact their nearest Oakland County Michigan Works! office. As program updates are received from the U.S. Department of Labor, they will be posted here.

​The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program established under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015. The program provides multiple benefits to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. 


Among the benefits available to affected workers certified under the TAA program:

  • Training
  • Relocation Allowances
  • Job Search Allowances
  • TRA Benefits (Monetary Benefits)
  • Health Coverage Tax Credit
  • Case Management Services

File a Petition

If you believe you lost your job due to foreign trade, you may choose to file a petition to have your company certified for the TAA Program.

File a petition at Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

A petition may be filed online by a group of three or more workers, an employer of a group of workers, a union, a state workforce official, an American Job Center operator/partner, or another duly authorized representative. 

Trade Adjustment Assistance Orientation

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If you worked for an employer that was certified for the TAA program, you should have received a letter in the mail inviting you to attend a worker benefit orientation. This is an informational meeting for people who have been recently laid-off. Experts from Oakland County Michigan Works! and the Unemployment Agency of the State of Michigan will share information on TAA benefits, answer questions about unemployment insurance and TRA claims, as well as services available through Oakland County Michigan Works! to support individuals in their job search activities. 

If you attended an orientation in the past and would like to register for the program, use your benefits or if you have questions about the TAA program, please reach out to the TAA career planner at the Oakland County Michigan Works! service center nearest your home:

Southfield – Jeff Granat – jgranat@cityofsouthfield.com
Novi – Kendra Giess – kendra.giess@goodwilldetroit.org
Waterford – Cathy Sanchez – csanchez@waterfordmiworks.org
Oak Park – Jim Elliot – jelliot@michiganworksoakpark.org
Troy – Sue Kwapik – skwapik@troy.k12.mi.us
Pontiac – Sandra Houle – shoule@troy.k12.mi.us

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