Aid for U.S. workers part of free-trade debate

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Aid for U.S. workers part of free-trade debate

Columbus Dispatch – When the plant where he worked in Washington Court House laid off 300 employees in 2009, Tom Payton could’ve been sunk. The jobs had gone to Mexico.

But Payton relied on two federal programs to offset his lost wages and train for a new career. Now, he’s a mental-health and career counselor at Southern State Community College in Washington Court House, his hometown.

“I never want to go through this again,” Payton said. “But this is the best bad experience I’ve ever gone through.”

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