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TAA Decision 96100

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      DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

TA-W-96,100

VERSO WISCONSIN RAPIDS PAPER MILL
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WISCONSIN

Certification Regarding Eligibility
To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance

      In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended ("Act"), 19 U.S.C. § 2273, the Department of Labor 
herein presents the results of an investigation regarding 
certification of eligibility to apply for worker adjustment 
assistance.
      The group eligibility requirements for workers of a firm 
under Section 222(a) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a), are 
satisfied if the following criteria are met:
(1) a significant number or proportion of the workers in such 
workers' firm have become totally or partially separated, or 
are threatened to become totally or partially separated; and

(2)(A)(i) the sales or production, or both, of such firm have 
decreased absolutely; and

(ii)(I) imports of articles or services like or directly 
competitive with articles produced or services supplied by 
such firm have increased; and

(iii) the increase in imports described in clause (ii) 
contributed importantly to such workers' separation or 
threat of separation and to the decline in the sales or 
production of such firm.

  	The investigation was initiated in response to a petition 
filed on July 27, 2020 by a Union Representative the United 
Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, 
Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union 
(USW), District 2, on behalf of workers of Verso Wisconsin 
Rapids Paper Mill, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (Verso).  
	The workers' firm is engaged in activities related to the 
production of paper (graphic papers used in commercial printing, 
media, and marketing applications, including magazines, 
catalogs, books, direct mail, corporate collateral and retail 
inserts and packaging papers used in  point-of-purchases 
displays and laminated paperboard for box packaging) and pulp.
      During the course of the investigation, information was 
collected from the petitioner, the workers' firm, and the major 
declining customer(s) of the workers' firm.
      Section 222(a)(1) has been met because a significant 
number or proportion of the workers in such workers' firm have 
become totally or partially separated, or are threatened to 
become totally or partially separated. 
      Section 222(a)(2)(A)(i) has been met because the sales 
and/or production of paper and pulp by Verso have decreased.  
      Section 222(a)(2)(A)(ii) has been met because customer 
imports of articles like or directly competitive with the 
article produced by Verso increased.  
      Finally, Section 222(a)(2)(A)(iii) has been met because 
increased customer imports contributed importantly to the 
worker group separations and sales/production declines at 
Verso.
Conclusion
	After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that workers of Verso Wisconsin 
Rapids Paper Mill, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, who are engaged 
in activities related to the production of paper and pulp, meet 
the worker group certification criteria under Section 222(a) of 
the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2272(a).  In accordance with Section 223 of 
the Act, 19 U.S.C. § 2273, I make the following certification:
"All workers of Verso Wisconsin Rapids Paper Mill, 
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, who became totally or 
partially separated from employment on or after July 24, 
2019, through two years from the date of certification, and 
all workers in the group threatened with total or partial 
separation from employment on the date of certification 
through two years from the date of certification, are 
eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 
of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended."
Signed in Washington, D.C. this 22nd day of September 2020.

/s/Hope D. Kinglock
______________________________
HOPE D. KINGLOCK
Certifying Officer, Office of
Trade Adjustment Assistance

    

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