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RE-EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
FOR BOEING EMPLOYEES IN WASHINGTON STATE

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How/where can I get assistance finding a job if I'm laid off?
The Employment Security Department can help you get back to work quickly. You can find reemployment services in person at any local WorkSource or Job Service Center. When you file an unemployment insurance claim, you will be referred to your closest local employment center. You may also access WorkSource Washington at go2worksource.com, Washington's official site for career and employment resources for job seekers and employers.


2. Where do I apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits?
Apply for benefits by phone through an Unemployment Claims TeleCenter. The phone numbers are listed below. At a minimum, you'll need to have at hand your Social Security Number and the name, mailing address (including zip code), phone number, and the dates you worked for each employer in the past two years. You may also apply for benefits online at www.go2ui.com. The advantage of this option is that you can apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Unemployment Claims TeleCenter Phone Numbers:
Hearing or Speech Impaired (TDD) 800-365-8969
Spokane local: 509-893-7000
Seattle local: 206-766-6000
Tacoma local: 253-396-3500
All Other Areas: 800-362-4636

3. If I'm unable to find work, can I go to school and still get UI benefits?
You may be eligible for Commissioner Approval of Training (CAT) if jobs for which you are qualified do not exist or are decreasing. The training must be such that it will prepare you for employment in an occupation for which there are reasonable opportunities. You should make a request for CAT through the Unemployment Claims TeleCenter. If approved, you are not required to look for work or to accept work when you attend training regularly and make satisfactory progress in your approved program. If your training will last longer than your regular benefits, you should also apply for Training Benefits when you apply for CAT (see # 4 below). If you are not eligible for CAT but attend classes which do not conflict with your ability to seek and accept full time work, you may be eligible to continue receiving benefits. Contact your Unemployment Claims TeleCenter for more information.


4. What are Washington State Training Benefits? Are they similar to unemployment insurance?
Training Benefits are additional benefits available to eligible dislocated workers who have been approved by the Employment Security Department to attend training. These additional benefits can increase the total length of time you are eligible to receive UI benefits while you are in full-time training. You may be eligible to receive up to 74 times your weekly benefit amount minus any regular UI benefits paid (decreases to 52 weeks for Training Benefit applications filed after June 30, 2002).

Eligibility for Training Benefits is determined on an individual basis and is subject to the availability of training funds. Among other requirements, state law requires that you submit a Training Benefits Application to the Employment Security Department within 60 days of filing a new UI claim. Contact your local WorkSource office or Job Service Center (see #1) for more information.

5. What is the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program?
TAA is a service or series of services available to eligible workers to help them get a new job. To be eligible for TAA, a worker must have been employed in the commercial aircraft division and must have been laid off between March 24, 1999, and February 25, 2002. Services available include: employment counseling, vocational testing, on the job training, classroom training, job search workshops, job search allowance and relocation assistance. You may access information about TAA at www.wa.gov/esd/boeing/taa.htm. Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) may be available if you were entitled to, but have exhausted, all your rights to regular unemployment benefits.


QTTP Education Assistance for IAM-Represented Employees

Who is eligible for the Quality Through Training Program (QTTP) Education Assistance?
Both active and laid-off IAM-represented Boeing employees in District 751 are eligible to participate in the QTTP Education Assistance program. Additionally, advising services are available at all QTTP sites.

Employees eligible for educational expenses from a government agency must apply for and utilize those resources prior to being eligible for QTTP Education Assistance.

Employees on approved educational, medical or military LOA are eligible for Education Assistance; however, certain restrictions apply. Please contact a QTTP advisor for more information.

Link to Puget Sound Resource Directory

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