By letter dated April 13, 2006, a company official requested administrative reconsideration in combination with a letter dated April 18, 2006 from the Louisiana Work, Department of Labor regarding Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) applicable to workers of the subject firm. The Start Printed Page 33004negative determination was signed on March 31, 2006, and was published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2006 (71 FR 19755).
The workers of New England Confectionery Company (Necco), Stark Candy Company, Thibodaux, Louisiana were certified eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) on March 31, 2006.
The initial ATAA investigation determined that the skills of the subject worker group are easily transferable to other positions in the local area.
In the request for reconsideration, the company official provided new information confirming that the skills of the workers at the subject firm are not easily transferable in the local commuting area.
Additional investigation has determined that the workers possess skills that are not easily transferable. A significant number or proportion of the worker group are age fifty years or over. Competitive conditions within the industry are adverse.
After careful review of the additional facts obtained on reconsideration, I conclude that the requirements of section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, have been met for workers at the subject firm.
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, I make the following certification:
All workers of New England Confectionery Company (Necco), Stark Candy Company, Thibodaux, Louisiana, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after March 16, 2005 through March 31, 2008, are eligible to apply for trade adjustment assistance under section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974.Start Signature
Signed in Washington, DC this 22nd day of May, 2006.
Elliott S. Kushner,
Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. E6-8768 Filed 6-6-06; 8:45 am]
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