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MUSKIN LEISURE PRODUCTS, INC. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Notice of Revised Determination on Reconsideration [01/14/2000]

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Volume 65, Number 10, Page 2437


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration
[NAFTA-3372]

 
MUSKIN LEISURE PRODUCTS, INC. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Notice 
of Revised Determination on Reconsideration

    By letter of October 18, 1999, the International Union of 
Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine, and Furniture Workers, AFL-
CIO, requested administrative reconsideration of the Department's 
denial of eligibility for workers and former workers of the subject 
firm to apply for North American Free Trade Agreement-Transitional 
Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA).
    On September 2, 1999, the workers of the subject firm producing 
above ground swimming pools, liners, filters and accessories and parts 
were denied NAFTA-TAA based on the finding that criteria (3) and (4) of 
paragraph (a)(1) of Section 250 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, 
were not met. The decline in employment was attributed to the company 
sourcing a portion of plant production to domestic and foreign sources. 
Pool components sourced to Canada were relatively low in relation to 
total plant production. There was no shift in production from Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania to Canada. The notice was published in the Federal 
Register on October 14, 1999 (64 FR 77752).
    The company presented new evidence regarding increasing imports of 
pool components from Canada during the relevant time period. The 
company will continue to increase its reliance on imports of articles 
from Canada and other foreign sources like or directly competitive with 
those that were produced at the Wilkes-Barre plant.

Conclusion

    After careful review of the additional facts obtained on 
reconsideration, it is concluded that increased imports of articles 
from Canada like or directly competitive with those produced by workers 
of Muskin Leisure Products, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 
contributed importantly to the declines in sales or production and to 
the total or partial separation of workers of the subject firm. In 
accordance with the provisions of the Act, I make the following 
certification:

    ``All workers of Muskin Leisure Products, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, 
Pennsylvania, who became totally or partially separated from 
employment on or after August 13, 1998 through two years from the 
date of the certification, are eligible to apply for NAFTA-TAA under 
Section 250 of the Trade Act of 1974.''

    Signed in Washington, DC this 7th day of January 2000.
Grant D. Beale,
Program Manager, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
[FR Doc. 00-938 Filed 1-13-00; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-30-M

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