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Former, current Navistar workers invited to Wednesday meeting

Indiana officials are reaching out to former and current Navistar International Corp. workers, inviting them to a Wednesday meeting about federal benefits.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development issued a news release today describing the Trade Adjustment Assistance process as “newly improved and expedited.”

That’s after The Journal Gazette published stories July 22 detailing the difficulty local Navistar workers have experienced when trying for months to get training approved by TAA program administrators. The Workforce Development office oversees TAA in Indiana.

Dennis Wimer, Workforce Development’s deputy commissioner of field operations, met with workers and talked to The Journal Gazette. He promised to investigate the issues, address the individual cases and follow up with statewide staff training as needed.

The meetings are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Hall, Post 330, at 330 Entrance Drive, New Haven.

All Navistar employees and on-site contract workers at the 2911 Meyer Road location and 3033 Wayne Trace site who have lost their jobs since Jan. 30, 2010, or are currently working but scheduled to lose their jobs, are urged to attend the TAA orientation meeting.

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