WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced that job training assistance has been approved for former employees of Reynolds Food Packaging in Grove City who lost their jobs due to foreign competition. Senator Casey, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, wrote to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to support the Reynolds employees’ original request for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in March. Senator Casey again urged the Administration to approve the request in June after the original petition for TAA was denied.
“The Reynolds employees who lost their jobs have endured great economic turmoil as unfair competition has driven manufacturing jobs overseas,” said Senator Casey. “I am delighted that workers will now have the resources necessary to acquire new skills and find jobs to help them to support themselves and their families.”
Senator Casey has called for an extension of TAA to provide job training to workers who have lost their jobs because of foreign trade. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to extend TAA for five years to allow U.S. companies to remain competitive and create jobs in the face of unfair competition from foreign manufacturers.
Extending TAA is part of a broader strategy Senator Casey is pushing Congress and the Administration to adopt to create jobs in Pennsylvania and strengthen the American manufacturing industry, which includes:
• Making permanent the research and development tax credit to give companies the certainty they need to make long-term research investments in the United States.
• Cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation and violations of intellectual property rights.
• Investing in science, technology, engineering and math education.