Some workers previously laid off by Red Wing Shoe Co. in Danville and Lexington Herald-Leader Co. may apply for additional federal assistance, the state announced Wednesday.
State officials said in a news release that the U.S. Department of Labor has certified both companies as "adversely affected employers" under the federal Trade Act, which provides assistance to workers of companies hurt by import competition.
The move covers workers laid off on or after Sept. 24, 2008, at the Herald-Leader and Jan. 15, 2009, at the Red Wing Shoe Co. The latter announced in mid-November it planned to close its plant that employed 206. The Herald-Leader has had a series of layoffs since 2008 that have included the outsourcing of certain job functions overseas.
The state said laid-off workers who have run out of unemployment benefits might be eligible for retroactive benefits. Workers also may apply for financial assistance, and help with training, job searches and relocation. This assistance will be available through March 29, 2012, for Herald-Leader workers and April 28, 2012, for Red Wing Shoe Co. workers. Applications may be filed at offices including the Central Kentucky Job Centers at 1055 Industry Road in Lexington and 121 East Broadway in Danville. For information, call (859) 258-3140 in Lexington or (859) 239-7411 in Danville.