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TAA Decision 98010

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        UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 

Employment and Training Administration 

TA-W-98,010 

RAWLINGS SPORTING GOODS COMPANY INC. 

MIKEN SPORTS DIVISION 

CALEDONIA, MINNESOTA 

Certification Regarding Eligibility 

To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and 

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 (TAA) 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 19, 2021, and 
filed on July 20, 2021 on behalf of former workers of Rawlings 
Sporting Goods Company Inc., Miken Sports Division, Caledonia, 
Minnesota (Rawlings/Miken-Caledonia). In accordance with 20 C.F.R. 
618.110 a worker group is defined as, ""¦inclusive of teleworkers 
and staffed workers." 

Rawlings/Miken-Caledonia is engaged in activities related to 
the production of softball bats, baseball bats, and batters' 
helmets, and are not separately identifiable by product. 

The petition alleges that worker separations, or threats 
thereof, were due to a shift in production to a foreign country. 

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 Rawlings/Miken-Caledonia 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 
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 articles which are 
or were produced by Rawlings/Miken-Caledonia. 

ALTERNATIVE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE 

In accordance with Section 246 the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended (the 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). 

Section 246(a)(3)(A)(ii)(I) has been met because a 
significant number of workers in Rawlings/Miken-Caledonia are 50 
years of age or older. 

Section 246(a)(3)(A)(ii)(II) has been met because the workers 
in the workers' firm possess skills that are not easily 
transferrable. 

Section 246(a)(3)(A)(ii)(III) has been met because conditions 
within the workers' industry are adverse. 

Conclusion 

After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that workers of Rawlings/Miken-
Caledonia, who are engaged in activities related to the production 
of softball bats, baseball bats, and batters' helmets, 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 Rawlings Sporting Goods Company Inc., Miken 
Sports Division, Caledonia, Minnesota, who became totally or 
partially separated from employment on or after July 19, 
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 are 
also eligible 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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