By application postmarked October 24, 2008, the Oregon AFL-CIO Labor Liaison and the Carpenter's Industrial Council requested administrative reconsideration of the negative determination regarding workers' eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) applicable to workers and former workers of the subject firm. The determination was issued on October 1, 2008. The Notice of Determination was published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2008 (73 FR 62323).
The initial investigation resulted in a negative determination based on the finding that imports of softwood lumber and particleboard did not contribute importantly to worker separations at the subject firm and no shift of production to a foreign source occurred.
In the request for reconsideration, the petitioner provided additional information pertaining to imports of softwood lumber and particleboard and requested further investigation concerning the import impact on production at the subject firm.
The Department has carefully reviewed the request for reconsideration and the existing record and has determined that the Department will conduct further investigation to determine if the workers meet the eligibility requirements of the Trade Act of 1974.
After careful review of the application, I conclude that the claim is of sufficient weight to justify reconsideration of the U.S. Department of Labor's prior decision. The application is, therefore, granted.Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC, this 14th day of November 2008.
Elliott S. Kushner,
Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. E8-27933 Filed 11-24-08; 8:45 am]
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