workers facing layoff with sale of service stations
April 14, 2004
"Good jobs in Alaska for Alaskans is a top priority of this administration," the governor said.
"State government must respond quickly and effectively when Alaskans are faced with unemployment circumstances beyond their control."
Commissioner Greg O'Claray directed a rapid response team in the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Employment Security Division to immediately schedule job service workshops for the Chevron workers.
The first workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 19 at the department's Midtown Alaska Job Center Network location at 3301 Eagle Street in Anchorage. A second workshop will be held at the same location a week later, on Monday morning, April 26. Other sessions may be scheduled if needed.
Workers will be provided information on unemployment insurance benefits, job training and support services, career assessments and counseling, interview training and resume writing. Other services will include skills enhancement training, job search assistance and labor marketing information.
Adam Sparks, president of Chevron Stations, Inc., in San Ramon, CA, disclosed the planned sale and layoffs in a letter to Karen Backlund, program coordinator for the labor department's Division of Business Partnerships in Anchorage.
Division of Employment Security Director Thomas Nelson said flyers announcing the job training and placement workshops would be available at all of the Chevron outlets being sold.
Nelson said the division also hopes to schedule one or more career fairs with the new owner of the stations. However, Sparks did not confirm the identity of the purchaser or purchasers.
Sparks wrote that the laid-off workers would not be eligible for employment in similar positions with Chevron.
The Chevron executive added that the closing date for selling the stations and laying off the existing workers would occur during a 14-day period beginning Thursday, May 20.
According to Sparks, six Anchorage Chevron stations would be sold. The Anchorage station designations, worker positions and numbers scheduled for layoffs include:
Two other area Chevron stations are included in the sale:
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