JAY — Wausau Paper Specialty Products LLC workers laid off in June are now eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance. The paper company shut down its last machine, No. 11, in June, permanently closing the mill.

There will be meetings on what is available through the program at 2:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at St. Rose’s Parish Hall at Church and Main streets in Jay, peer support worker, Deb Kendall said Monday.

Those former workers have been notified by phone and letters, she said.

It is the second wave of employees, hourly and salary, that have been eligible to apply for assistance. This approval covers 96 workers including seven of them still cleaning up and closing down the mill and three that were transferred to Wausau Paper in Wisconsin, Kendall said.

Congressman Mike Michaud, D-Maine, announced the Department of Labor’s decision Thursday.

Wausau Paper closed its Otis paper mill, located on the Jay, Livermore Falls line, permanently in June.

Trade Adjustment Assistance is a Department of Labor program that helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or a shift of production outside of the United States, Michaud said. TAA provides trade-affected workers with a variety of re-employment services and benefits to help them find new jobs and get back to work.

Prior to the mill closing, more 100 workers had been laid off in December 2008 when the No. 10 paper machine was shut down for good. Those workers learned earlier this year they would be eligible to apply for trade assistance.

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