Federal Trade Act benefits can help
If you’ve been laid off from The Boeing Company in Washington state, you could be ligible for a lot more benefits than you think.
The federal Trade Act benefits provide financial assistance for a range of re-employment costs such as
training, out-of-state job search and work relocation.
At a recent meeting for SPEEA members with layoff
notices, two representatives from the Washington
State Labor Council
Worker program shared
more details about Trade
Caitlyn Jekel and
are both labor liaisons for the WSLC
and Opportunity Act
(WIOA) and Trade
(Trade Act) programs.
They’ve also both been
laid off before and know
firsthand the stress of
looking for a new job.
Their role through the
AFL-CIO is to help
laid-off employees tap into benefits to train for
“I don’t want you to get a false impression,” said
Jekel about the benefits of Trade Act at the meet-
ing in Tukwila. “There’s a lot of paperwork. You
have to do work to be enrolled. It takes patience
and persistence, but there is a lot of benefit.”
Trade Act benefits include:
• Fully funded training for job fields in demand
• Extended income support while in training
• Job search assistance
• Older worker
• Healthcare support
“Think of this as your
tax dollars at work,”
said Messenger. “This
is what you’ve been
paying into for years
and years and years.”
They spoke at a Rapid
assistance at SPEEA
Tukwila. Nearly 50
attended the meeting,
which also featured
the state Employment Security Department,
community college system and the WorkSource
(job search) resources and benefits. SPEEA Everett
hosted the Rapid Response team the next day
which drew a crowd of about 40. Trade Act repre-
sentatives Andrea Inman and Janice Stivers from
the state Employment Security Department spoke
at the Everett meeting.
Charles Best, director of the Worker Center
AFL-CIO Re-Employment Support Center (a
division of the Martin Luther King County
Labor Council), emphasized the message from
all the speakers.
“You’re not alone – there are resources (and
people) to help.”
SPEEA sends a letter inviting members with layoff
notices to attend Rapid Response meetings which
are typically held monthly. The meetings offer an
overview of unemployment benefits and resources
and where to go for more information. The speakers also highlight training options through the
community and technical colleges, including
certifications. Spouses are also welcome to attend.
Upcoming Rapid Response
meetings at SPEEA
Monday, July 11 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13 – 4:30 p.m.
Successful petition for Trade Act
Trade Adjustment Assistance, otherwise known
as Trade Act, is a federal program available as
a direct result of a successful petition supported by SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, and the
International Association of Machinists (IAM),
District 751, on behalf of represented employees
at The Boeing Company in Washington state
to the Department of Labor. The petition was
set to expire in 2015 and was extended to 2017
without a gap via a new certification.
More layoff information
(Drop-down menu – Member
Laid off and looking for work?
Learn about the ‘father of
computer science’ at SPEEA
The SPEEA Diversity Committee
is showing ‘Codebreaker,’ a movie
documenting the life of Alan
Turing, who is considered the
father of computer science. He’s
also credited with breaking the
Nazi regime’s military code, which
was a significant turning point in
World War II.
The movie night is free at all three
SPEEA halls at 4 p.m. (PST) and
6 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, Aug.
In ‘Codebreaker,’ learn more
about Turing’s life, and his persecution by the government because he was gay.
The British government forced him to undergo
chemical castration as punishment. At 41, he
“Codebreaker teaches us, in a powerful way,
At SPEEA’s movie showing, meet
Patrick Sammon, the executive
producer and co-creator of the
movie, which also features inter-
views with Apple co-founder
Steve Wozniak and other con-
temporary technology experts.
Time Magazine named Turing one
of the top 100 people of the 21st
century. For Time Magazine, Paul
Gray wrote: “The fact remains that
everyone who taps at a keyboard, opening a spread-
sheet or a word-processing program is working on
an incarnation of a Turing machine.”
RSVP – firstname.lastname@example.org – note where you plan
to attend (Everett, Tukwila, Wichita).
Movie night - Wednesday, Aug 10