More than 40 contractors working at The Hartford on systems integration and other technology projects will qualify for extended unemployment benefits and tuition paid by the government because the company decided to have the work done by overseas workers.
The former employees learned that the U.S. government certified that their jobs were lost to foreign competition earlier this month; the state Department of Labor announced Monday it will reach out to the group with information about all the benefits, which can also include relocation subsidies, or even wage subsidies for older workers who find a new job at lower pay.
The workers were laid off in May, and came from Iconma, TCA Consulting, Kforce, Sagersoft, TEKsystems, Synergy Services, PDS Technical Services, Talus Partners, Corporate Systems Associates, COMSYS Information Technology Solutions and iTech Solutions.
Most of the workers were on site in Hartford or Windsor, but some worked in Florida.
It was the 13th time that Connecticut workers at The Hartford lost their jobs to overseas workers in the last two and a half years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.