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AK Dept. of Labor Info Available Now to Help Families of Displaced Nikiski LNG Workers

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Rep. Kurt Olson R-29
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Rep. Kurt Olson (R-29)
Chair, (H) L&C Com.
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Posted: February 10, 2011


(Juneau) - Following meetings last night and this morning, House Labor & Commerce Committee Chair Kurt Olson, R-Kenai, announced today that the state plans to open rapid response centers for workers and families affected by the Nikiski LNG plant closure. Olson, who represents Kenai and Soldotna, has met with Alaska Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop and the governor's office about their plans to provide support.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityThe state is stepping up to the table to help, and the Peninsula delegation will pass along and help wherever we can as well. Many of those affected are my neighbors and constituents and we'll continue to track and coordinate here in Juneau.
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"The department will provide support to workers at the gas plant who are facing layoffs, working closely with the plant's human resources staff," Olson said. "The preliminary plan is to offer re-employment workshops and job search services to those workers and their family members who want to participate. Commissioner Bishop is encouraging folks to take advantage of this program, and so am I. The state is stepping forward early, which is welcome and I join with Speaker Chenault and Senator Wagoner in expressing our support for these measures.

"I was glad to hear that Marathon's Peninsula operations are not impacted by the plant closure."

Olson says the rapid response team in the department's employment security division contacted Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips and area contractors this morning to begin setting up a schedule for workshops that will also include providing information and referrals to extensive employment, retraining, and supportive services. The team is made up of workforce development professionals specializing in core, intensive and training services designed to put Alaskans to work. Olson adds that the department will also provide both companies information regarding the application process for the Trade Assistance Act, which if approved by the federal government, could mean additional resources to help put affected employees back to work.

"The state is stepping up to the table to help, and the Peninsula delegation will pass along and help wherever we can as well," Olson said. "Many of those affected are my neighbors and constituents and we'll continue to track and coordinate here in Juneau."

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