Cicilline Announces Additional Help for Former Dell Health Care Services Employees

Feb 23, 2011 Issues:

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) today announced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approved Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for former Dell Health Care Services employees in Providence, Rhode Island. Dell Health Care employees worked in supply information management, application development, and maintenance and claims processing.  A significant number of former employees lost their jobs due to a shift of work to India.

"Help is finally on the way for workers at Dell Health Care Services, who were unexpectedly laid off due to a shift in work to India," said Cicilline. “As our nation continues to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, we have unfinished business in cleaning up our trade agreements so that they are fair to American workers who play by the rules but are all too often undercut by nations who choose to cheat in an attempt to get ahead. That is why trade adjustment assistance is unfortunately necessary to rebuild our local economy, making sure workers have the resources they need to compete in a global economy."

The TAA ruling developed from a DOL investigation which took place in response to a petition filed on behalf of employees of Dell Health Care Services. The investigation ruled that Dell Health Care Services workers are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance because their employment separation situation meets the qualifying TAA guidelines, which include the following:

• A significant shift by Dell to a foreign country in the supply of services like or directly competitive with those supplied by Dell;

• The shift in supply of information management, application development, and maintenance, member administration and claims processing services to India by Dell contributed to worker group separations by Dell; and

• A significant number of workers at Dell have become totally or partially separated from employment or are threatened with total or partial separation from employment.

This TAA certification provides assistance for Dell Health Care Service workers as well as on-site leased workers from Sovereign Technologies, Reliance Systems, Inc, AP Professionals, AVA Consulting, LLC, Code X, Inc., DISYS, Thompson Technologies, Inc., KForce Inc., M.I.S.I. Co. Ltd., Millennium Consulting, Inc., The Computer Merchants, and The Wellspring Group, Inc. workers laid off, on or after Oct. 1, 2009, through two years from the date of certification, are now eligible for TAA. The official date of certification is Feb. 10, 2011.

Created by Congress under the Trade Act of 1974, TAA helps workers who lose their jobs due to U.S. trade deals with other countries and therefore are adversely affected by foreign competition.

TAA provides benefits such as job placement assistance, career counseling, occupational training, additional weeks of income support, partial reimbursement for out of area job searches, and most relocation expenses for workers who find employment outside the local area. To qualify for benefits, workers must comply with certain state and federal training and job search requirements.