By application of April 29, 2003, a petitioner requested administrative reconsideration regarding the Department's Negative Determination Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance, applicable to the workers of the subject firm.
The initial investigation under this case number was for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Lone Star Fab Division, Austin, Texas, and resulted in a negative determination issued on April 7, 2003, based on the finding that imports of wafers and dies did not contribute importantly to worker separations at the subject plant. The denial notice was published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2003 (68 FR 20177).
To support the request for reconsideration, the petitioner stated that the Department had investigated the wrong worker group. Upon further review, it was revealed that the petitioner had not worked in the Lone Star Fab (also known as Fab 14 and Fab 15) but rather Fab 25, which produced a different product (a microprocessor chip).
Having identified the appropriate worker group, the Department contacted the company regarding imports of products like or directly competitive with those produced at Fab 25. As a result, it was revealed that the subject firm shifted production from Fab 25 to a foreign source within the relevant period, and subsequently imported directly competitive products to the U.S., contributing to layoffs at the subject plant.
After careful review of the additional facts obtained on reconsideration, I conclude that increased imports of articles like or directly competitive with those produced at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Fab 25, Austin, Texas, contributed importantly to the declines in sales or production and to the total or partial separation of workers at the subject firm. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, I make the following certification:
All workers of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Fab 25, Austin, Texas, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after November 23, 2001, through two years from the date of this certification, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974.Start Signature
Signed in Washington, DC this 9th day of July 2003.
Elliott S. Kushner,
Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. 03-19219 Filed 7-28-03; 8:45 am]
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