St. David trucking firm workers to get federal aid

Posted March 04, 2010, at 9:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

ST. DAVID, Maine — Twelve employees of a St. David trucking company are now eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, U.S. 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud announced Thursday.

The announcement regarding employees of Little River Transport came after confirmation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The loss of business at Little River Transport is directly linked to the downturn in the domestic paper industry, which is due to increased foreign imports that have flooded the U.S. market,” Michaud said in a press release. “This is another example of the negative ripple effects our failed trade policies are having on all types of businesses in Maine.”

Trade Adjustment Assistance helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside the U.S. TAA provides qualified trade-affected workers with job search and relocation allowances, occupational training, education assistance and other services.

Officials with Little River Transport could not be reached for comment Thursday, but officials with Michaud’s office said the company closed its doors last August.

“While nothing can replace a job, these benefits will provide workers with important skills assessments, training and job search assistance,” Michaud said in the release.

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