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Cassens Transport, Inc., Fenton, MO; Notice of Negative Determination Regarding Application for Reconsideration

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By application received on October 29, 2008, the petitioners requested administrative reconsideration of the Department's negative determination regarding eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), applicable to workers and former workers of the subject firm. The denial notice was signed on September 16, 2008 and published in the Federal Register on October 3, 2008 (73 FR 57682).

Pursuant to 29 CFR 90.18(c) reconsideration may be granted under the following circumstances:

(1) If it appears on the basis of facts not previously considered that the determination complained of was erroneous;

(2) If it appears that the determination complained of was based on a mistake in the determination of facts not previously considered; or

(3) If in the opinion of the Certifying Officer, a mis-interpretation of facts or of the law justified reconsideration of the decision.

The negative TAA determination issued by the Department for workers of Cassens Transport, Inc., Fenton, Missouri was based on the finding that the worker group does not produce an article within the meaning of Section 222 of the Trade Act of 1974.

The petitioners contend that the Department erred in its interpretation of work performed at the subject facility and convey that even though the subject firm provided services to the customer, this customer relies on the subject firm for “shipping/relocating newly assembled vehicles” and “maintaining correct shipping destinations.”

The petitioners alleged that because the subject firm provided services to a customer who produces automobiles and which might be import impacted; workers of the subject firm should be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The nature of the work involved is not an issue in ascertaining whether the petitioning workers are eligible for trade adjustment assistance, but whether they produced an article within the meaning of section 222 of the Trade Act of 1974. The fact that workers of the subject firm performed services for customers, which produces articles, does not imply production of an article within the meaning of Section 222.

The investigation revealed that the workers of Cassens Transport, Inc., Fenton, Missouri performed motor vehicle transportation for an unaffiliated firm and did not support production at any affiliated facility. These functions, as described above, are not considered production of an article within the meaning of Section 222 of the Trade Act of 1974.

The petitioners also reference case TA-W-61,059 and state that because workers in that case were certified eligible for TAA, workers of the subject firm should be certified eligible for TAA. The review of the above mentioned case revealed that workers of CPC Local Cartage were employed on-site of the certified production facility. In this case, however, workers of Cassens Transport, Inc., Fenton, Missouri are not employed on-site of a certified production facility.

The petitioner did not supply facts not previously considered; nor provide additional documentation indicating that there was either (1) a mistake in the determination of facts not previously considered or (2) a misinterpretation of facts or of the law justifying reconsideration of the initial determination.

After careful review of the request for reconsideration, the Department determines that 29 CFR 90.18(c) has not been met.

Conclusion

After review of the application and investigative findings, I conclude that there has been no error or misinterpretation of the law or of the facts which would justify reconsideration of the Department of Labor's prior decision. Accordingly, the application is denied.

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Signed in Washington, DC, this 19th day of November 2008.

Elliott S. Kushner,

Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

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[FR Doc. E8-28359 Filed 11-28-08; 8:45 am]

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