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TAA Decision 98001

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        UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 

Employment and Training Administration 

TA-W-98,001 

BLUE CUBE OPERATIONS LLC 

EPOXY DIVISION 

A SUBSIDIARY OF OLIN CORPORATION 

FREEPORT, TEXAS 

Certification Regarding Eligibility 

To Apply For Worker Adjustment Assistance and 

Negative Determination Regarding Eligibility To Apply For 

Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance 

TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE 

In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended (the Act), 19 U.S.C. § 2273, the Department of Labor 
(Department) herein presents the results of an investigation 
regarding certification of eligibility to apply for Trade 
Adjustment Assistance for workers. 

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, or an appropriate subdivision of the 
firm, have become totally or partially separated, or are 
threatened to become totally or partially separated; 

(2)(B)(i) there has been a shift in production by such 
workers' firm or subdivision to a foreign country of 
articles like or directly competitive with articles 
which are produced by such firm or subdivision; and 

(ii)(I) the country to which the workers' firm has 
shifted production of the articles is a party to a free 
trade agreement with the United States; 

(II) the country to which the workers' firm has 
shifted production of the articles is a beneficiary 
under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or the 
Caribbean Basin Economic Act; or 

(III) there has been or is likely to be an 
increase in imports of articles that are like or 
directly competitive with articles which are or were 
produced by such firm or subdivision 

The investigation was initiated in response to a Trade 
Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA) and Alternative Trade 
Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) petition dated July 9, 2021, and 
filed on July 12, 2021 on behalf of former workers of Blue Cube 
Operations LLC, Epoxy Division, a subsidiary of Olin 
Corporation, Freeport, Texas (Blue Cube/Epoxy-Freeport). In 
accordance with 20 C.F.R. 618.110 a worker group is defined as, 
""¦inclusive of teleworkers and staffed workers." 

Workers of Blue Cube/Epoxy-Freeport are engaged in 
activities related to the production of epoxy nolovac solutions 
and are separately identifiable by product. 

The petition alleges that worker separations, or threats 
thereof, were due to increased imports. 

During the course of the investigation, the Department 
collected information from the petitioner(s), the workers' firm, 
and other relevant sources. 

Section 222(a)(1) has been met because a significant 
number or proportion of the workers in Blue Cube/Epoxy-Freeport 
have become totally or partially separated, or are threatened to 
become totally or partially separated. 

Section 222(a)(2)(B) has been met because a shift in epoxy 
nolovac solutions production by the workers' firm to a foreign 
country has occurred and there has been or is likely to be an 
increase in imports of articles like or directly competitive 
with the epoxy nolovac solutions produced by Blue Cube/Epoxy-
Freeport. 

ALTERNATIVE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE 

In accordance with Section 246 the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended (Act), 19 U.S.C. § 2813, the Department herein presents 
the results of its investigation regarding certification of 
eligibility to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance 
(ATAA) for older workers. 

The group eligibility requirements for workers of a firm 
under Section 246 (a)(3)(A)(ii) of the Trade Act are satisfied 
if the following criteria are met: 

(I) Whether a significant number of workers in the 
workers' firm are 50 years of age or older; 
(II) Whether the workers in the workers' firm possess 
skills that are not easily transferable; and 
(III) The competitive conditions within the workers' 
industry (i.e., conditions within the industry 
are adverse). 

The Department has determined that criterion (II) has not 
been met because workers in the workers' firm possess skills 
that are easily transferable. 

Conclusion 

After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that workers of Blue Cube/Epoxy-
Freeport, who are engaged in activities related to the 
production of epoxy nolovac solutions, 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 Blue Cube Operations LLC, Epoxy Division, a 
subsidiary of Olin Corporation, Freeport, Texas, who became 
totally or partially separated from employment on or after 
July 9, 2020, 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; and I further determine that all workers 
of Blue Cube Operations LLC, Epoxy Division, a subsidiary 
of Olin Corporation, Freeport, Texas are denied eligibility 
to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance under 
Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended." 

Signed in Washington, D.C. this 14th day of September, 2021 


/s/ Del-Min Amy Chen
_______________________
DEL-MIN AMY CHEN 

Certifying Officer, Office of 

Trade Adjustment Assistance 


      

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