TAA1005pdf - mmmmem0_m"ht irmwz ‘ U.S TRADE Promises...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Background image of page 2
Background image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: mmmmem0_m . - "ht; irmwz- . ‘ U.S. TRADE Promises come easily, aid comes " more slowly By MIKE DORNING Chicago Tribune During the election cam- paign and again this summer as the Bush administration fought for a free-trade agree- ment with Caribbean coun- tries, the White House regular- ly extolled its efforts on behalf of U.S. workers who lose their jobs'to foreign competition. Two weeks before last fall’s election, atvan aircraft hangar in Rochester, Minn.,'President Bush shared the stage with Michelle Clements, an elec- tronics worker whoSe factory was shut. He cited the federal aid she received to, study law enforcement as an example of government help for dislocat- ed workers. ' ' “Trade adjustment assis- tance, retraining programs," Bush said. "Listen, the federal government has got ample money to help people go back to school.” Not so for Nancy Secor .of Pinckney, Mich.,_ a 43-year-old mother of two laid off in July ‘after' working 22 years at an auto parts plant. She qualified for the same trade adjustment assistance program as Clements but was told there was no money left for her. Instead, she was told she would be put on a waiting list, she said. “First they tell you you’ve lost your job. Then they tell you this is available, there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel,” Secor said. “And then the light’s .gone." With no prospects for a new job, she dug into her family's dwin- j dling- savings to pay $1,300 for 3 paralegal training. Now, even though the auto ’ industry is beset by foreign competition, the 50,000 U.S. ‘ employees of Delphi Co. whose jobs have been put in '; jeopardy since the auto parts maker filed for bankruptcy re- :: organization this month also may find assistance is not so " easy to get; ; In the real world of pink ~ slips and padlocked factory 'doors, government “trade adjustment assistance” often falls far short of the rhetoric offered by the White Ij'ouse as a key part of its argu'iiient for - frééiti‘ade dealsngureafic‘ratic’ , roadblocks, limited funding -_ and restrictive legal require- . (’ ments combine to render the benefits inaccessible to many — probably most ; workers 3 who lose their. livelihoods as 3, 'loWer trade barriers open U.S. markets to more foreign com- - petition. ' - In the case of employees of Delphi who ultimatelylose their jobs, their eligibility for. any trade-related assistance would depend on whether they meet a narrow set of stan-' dards. Essentially, eligibility would be determined on a fac— tory-by-factory basis, hinging Please see TRADE, Page C10 \Nliscovfim Bide figuran Sandal, 30"» 25, 2003— ..A‘~_,._._. r . .. .___.._ .._.__._._.-.1_____.._, . _._ V<~_,____ __ ...- . Continued from Page C1 on whether the auto part pro- duced there had experienced a recent surge in imports or Dei- phivcouid be to have amputation .fpr. the same pd‘r‘fi‘ETo‘i‘IerSeas,‘ said 'Rick McHugh, an attorney who has handled' trade adjustment ;,-And even when Workers are deemed eligible for-the trade ‘ assistance, they sometimes face extended waits before they re- ceiveany training assistance, as t QMh‘en it comes to one much- tqti'ted trade assistance pro- -“wage insurance," fewer workers in the country the aid as of June. its, less to it than q,‘ _ " él'the.‘ eye. Trade adjust- simpiy doesn’t meet__.most workers’ needs," Said Lori IGetzer, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego, who has studied the impact of foreign competition on manufacturing jobs. , ' ' , Labor Department lofiicials maintainlthere is ample assist- ance available for dislocated Workers and that they have made eiforts to improve ’the program 'But they contend they are restricted by limita- tions Congress placed on the program and poor manage- ' ment by some state-level agen- pies. . . - : “There’s a lot of fault 'to go arotrnd to,_.alot ‘of peeplefisaid . Resen; 1; . tor of the Trade sistance Coalition, an‘advoc'acy group for . dislocated jéwork'er's. . But, he added, “I Msh'thisad- ministration there as aggressive in unemplOyed work- ers as;’:’it-‘is in pursuing free- tradeHagreementsf’ Alme , believe that the ‘nariengas' a Whole benefits from. freerjtjrade, salt: to cheaper __ ‘ _ gain iaIg their jabs . Partly burden on those putout of work for The menu of'be I is“: finded” un'thi'bi-‘cii'mlent urance, trainln' ' Hg and a tax cradit‘i’or workers_‘ flielr (Mn team? . eatiihafe' thit 300.0001, to 450mm "" " " “_ lose-their jobs everyyear due to foreign competition, not to mention service workers' job losses that are harder to calcu- late. - But in 2003, only 204,000 workers were certified eligible fOr trade assistance by the LabOr Department, according to an investigation by the. Gov- emment-Accountability omce. And only about 47,000 actually received the retraining assist- ance, said the GAO, Congress’ im'resflgative unit. For workers to be certified ei- igible, their . employer or a union representative must sub- mit a petition'to the Depart- ment of Labor, showing that a layofl‘ or plant closure was trade-related and meets spe- cific criteria set by Congress. The labor Departinent denies 40 percent of the .petitions, a department official said. And'it does not consider petitions for service-sector job losses, which are not covered by the Trade Assistance Act. .. ' COngress has capped spend- ing for worker re-training under the program at $220 millionper Year.- A Labor Department oflicial said the agency had made management improvements since then and blamed contin- ued problems on mismanage- ment by state agencies that administer training funds. “We inherited a program that in my opinion was in disarray in 2001,” said Mason Bishop,'a deputy assistant labor, secre- tary. “We are now able to work with states when issues and problems arise and we do so aggressively.” As a new feature of the law passed in 2002 granting Bush authority to negotiate free- trade deals, Congress estab- lished a'f, pro- for' ‘ tedtworkers 50 and older, ofi‘ering to make up half of tireir'lOSt earnings for up . to' yearsor $10,000,'which- ' ever‘is‘ilessg. In an August . ' Speech to tlie'conservative Her- itage FoundatiOn, Labor Secre- - tary .Elaine Chao cited the initiative as, one example of ‘.‘the generous assistance of- Ered to workers Whose jobs V :havebeenldisplaced by trade.” '_, 1 But as. of hind-fewer than . nation were ' I;receiy_i,rjrg- the assistance, '4. >1. nue ' ' "-"rribune by??? 'gfit‘é-‘f Wat“? - 'ofi‘rciaL A spokeSman for the Department of Labor, which administers the program, de- clined to make data available. ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT Mortgages getting bigger Mortgage loans for owner—occupied housing are increasing at all levels. These increases reflect initial loans for home purchases and do not include refinancing or home equity loans. 1 U5; Wis; Dane Co. Avg. mortgage loan, 2000 $130,568, $103,493 $133,232 Avg. mortgage loan, 2003 $163,751 $133,264 $160,832 , Increase 25% 22% 21% SOURCES: DataPlace, QUESTIONS: Send questions, com— http://wwwdataplace.org ments to Andy Lewis of UW Extension Federal Financial Institutions at [email protected] Examination Council, http://wwwffiec.gov/hmda/ ...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 3

TAA1005pdf - mmmmem0_m"ht irmwz ‘ U.S TRADE Promises...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online