By application received via facsimile on January 21, 2009, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Woodworkers District Lodge 1, 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 December 12, 2008. The Notice of Determination was published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2008 (73 FR 79915).
The initial investigation resulted in a negative determination based on the finding that imports of overlay plywood 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 regarding the customers of the subject firm and alleged that the customers might have increased imports or reliance on imports of overlay plywood.
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 23rd day of January 2009.
Elliott S. Kushner,
Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. E9-2737 Filed 2-9-09; 8:45 am]
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