TAA Decision 64244
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration TA-W-64,244 NAUTILUS, INC. INCLUDING ON-SITE LEASED WORKERS FROM ACCOUNTING PRINCIPALS AND AEROTEK TULSA, OKLAHOMA Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply For Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 USC 2273), the Department of Labor herein presents the results of its investigation regarding certification of eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance. In order to make an affirmative determination and issue a certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance, the group eligibility requirements in either paragraph (a)(2)(A) or (a)(2)(B) of Section 222 of the Trade Act must be met. It is determined in this case that the requirements of (a)(2)(B) of Section 222 have been met. The investigation was initiated on October 17, 2008 in response to a petition filed by a company official on behalf of workers of Nautilus, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma. The workers produce fitness equipment. The worker group includes on-site leased workers from Accounting Principals and Aerotek. The investigation revealed that employment in Tulsa declined from 2006 to 2007 and in January through September 2008 compared with the same period in 2007. The subject firm is currently shifting fitness equipment production in Tulsa to China and Taiwan; company imports are expected to increase. In accordance with Section 246 the Trade Act of 1974 (26 USC 2813), as amended, the Department of Labor herein presents the results of its investigation regarding certification of eligibility to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance (ATAA) for older workers. In order for the Department to issue a certification of eligibility to apply for ATAA, the group eligibility requirements of Section 246 of the Trade Act must be met. The Department has determined in this case that the requirements of Section 246 have been met. A significant number of workers at the firm are age 50 or over and do not possess skills that are easily transferable. Competitive conditions within the industry are adverse. Conclusion After careful review of the facts obtained in the investigation, I determine that that there was a shift in production from the subject firm to China and Taiwan of articles that are like or directly competitive with those produced by the subject firm, and there has been or is likely to be an increase in imports of like or directly competitive articles. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, I make the following certification: "All workers of Nautilus, Inc., including on-site leased workers from Accounting Principals and Aerotek, Tulsa, Oklahoma, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after October 15, 2007 through two years from the date of certification are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974." Signed in Washington, D. C., this 21st day of November 2008 /s/Richard Church ______________________________ RICHARD CHURCH Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance