Displaced Workers and Their Search for Support in a Broken Bureaucracy
Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, Vol. 42, p. 107, July-August 2008
7 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2008
Date Written: August 18, 2008
The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs provide cash benefits and job retraining to workers and farmers who have been displaced by the off-shoring of U.S. jobs, falling prices resulting from increased imports, and other consequences of international trade. But workers and farmers have been seriously hampered in their attempts to gain TAA benefits by persistent and pervasive mismanagement of the TAA programs by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This article describes some of the problems that workers and farmers have faced in applying for and receiving TAA benefits. While legislative changes may address some of these problems, the article argues that legal counsel for workers and farmers is a necessary component of any plan to ensure that TAA benefits reach those they were designed to help.
Keywords: trade, poverty, trade adjustment assistance, outsource, offshore, imports
JEL Classification: D30, D31, D63, I31, I38, K20, K40
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