Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

Assistance available for oil workers

Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has certified approximately 121 workers at BP Exploration Alaska Inc., in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay as eligible to apply for assistance and benefits under the Trade Act of 1974.

The certification covering 77 Anchorage workers runs from April 16, 2001, to Aug. 5, 2004. The certification for 44 Prudhoe Bay workers covers the period from Dec. 27, 2000, to July 24, 2000. Workers laid off or reduced to part-time work during this time may be eligible for extra benefits and services.

The affected employees work in the production of crude oil. The Labor Department found the company's customers had increased their reliance on imported crude oil, resulting in production and employment declines at BP Exploration.

After they are certified as eligible, workers may apply for benefits at a state employment service office. They may receive a broad range of reemployment and retraining services, including career counseling job placement assistance, job search and relocation allowances and income support during long-term training and support services such as child care and transportation assistance.

Under the program, a group of three or more employees who believe they are affected by imports can petition the governor of their state for assistance. A union or company official, or an authorized community-based organization also can petition on behalf of a firm's workers.

Chamber Web site to get new look

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce wants to promote businesses or organizations in action. The chamber is renovating its Web site and requests photos of commerce in action. Please e-mail photos to or call 283-7989. The chamber will select pictures for the updated Web site from provided photos.

Fishing charter winner announced

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce announced Leah Stanford as the Aug. 14 "Hooked on Kenai!" drawing winner. Leah won a free fishing charter donated by Alaskan Fishing Adventures. The chamber plans to draw winners for fish processing gift certificates for the last two August chamber lunches at Paradisos.

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