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TAA Decision 64237

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        	DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

	Employment and Training Administration

	TA-W-64,237

CONE DENIM WHITE OAK PLANT
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
		
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, as 
amended (19 USC 2273), the Department of Labor herein presents the 
results of an 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 at Cone Denim White Oak Plant, Greensboro, North Carolina. 
The workers produce denim fabrics. The workers are not separately 
identifiable by product line.
      The workers at the subject firm were previously certified 
eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TA-W-58,747) which 
expired on March 3, 2008.  
      
      The decline in employment at the subject plant is related to a 
shift in production of denim fabrics to countries (Mexico and 
Nicaragua) that are a party to a free trade agreement with the 
United States.
      In addition, in accordance with Section 246 of 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 possess skills that are not easily transferable.  Competitive 
conditions within the industry are adverse.
Conclusion
	After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that there was a shift in production 
from the workers' firm or subdivision to Mexico and Nicaragua of an 
article that are like or directly competitive with those produced 
by the subject firm or subdivision. In accordance with the 
provisions of the Act, I make the following certification:


"All workers of Cone Denim White Oak Plant, Greensboro, North 
Carolina, who became totally or partially separated from 
employment on or after March 4, 2008, 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 30th day of October 2008.
						/s/ Elliott S. Kushner
						
                                    ______________________________
                                    ELLIOTT S. KUSHNER
                                    Certifying Officer, Division of 
                                    Trade Adjustment Assistance
                                    


      

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