M. Jodi Rell announced today that she is directing the Connecticut Department
of Labor to reach out to help former employees of F&S Oil Company in Waterbury
who were displaced when the business closed its doors.
"We hope to ease some of the stress caused
by the company's sudden March 7 closing," Governor Rell said.
The closing left approximately 70 people
out-of-work and 12,000 customers without a heating fuel supplier.
"Former F&S employees are encouraged to
contact the Connecticut Department of Labor, either to file for unemployment
benefits, or to fill out a claim if they believe they are owed wages by the
company," Governor Rell said. "Individuals can apply for unemployment
insurance benefits by using the agency's TeleBenefits phone system or Internet
The TeleBenefits system is available for
filing initial claims Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while
those choosing to use the Internet can visit the Labor Department's Web site
Individuals who feel they have not been
paid for work performed, and who wish to file a claim for those unpaid wages,
can contact the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Wage and
Workplace Standards at
to obtain a complaint form.
"Once the form is completed and returned
to the agency, an investigator assigned to the case will determine if wages
are due to an individual," Governor Rell said.
"Former F&S Oil Company employees are also
entitled to a wealth of free re-employment services that are available to
dislocated workers," State Labor Commissioner Patricia Mayfield said.
Affected workers can obtain the Labor
Department's 'Rapid Response' online information packet at
"This will allow individuals to review and
better understand the variety of workforce services available to them,"
Governor Rell encouraged the former oil
company employees to visit their nearest CTWorks employment center to
take advantage of the many supportive services provided by the agency and its
partners. Services include career counselors, résumé specialists, employment
workshops, career center services, and job listings.
In Waterbury, the local
is located at 249 Thomaston Avenue.
Individuals can also go online to
for a complete listing of other CTWorks
offices or look in the blue pages of their telephone directory.
"While we certainly need to help those
families and individuals who have been left out in the cold as a result of the
unexpected closing of their local oil company, we also need to assist those
workers who have suddenly been left without a job and need supportive services
to help them find new employment," Governor Rell said.