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Governor Rell: Help Available for Former F&S Oil Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:

Nancy Steffens, Labor Dept., 860 263-6537

Adam Liegeot, 860 524-7313

March 13, 2008

 

Governor 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 service."

 

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 at www.ct.gov/dol.

 

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 www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/forms/wca1intr.htm  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 http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/rrt-infopacket.htm .

 

"This will allow individuals to review and better understand the variety of workforce services available to them," Mayfield noted.

 

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 CTWorks Center is located at 249 Thomaston Avenue.

 

Individuals can also go online to  http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/ContactInfo/CTWorks/Directory.htm 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.


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