Workforce Centers offer job-loss assistance to pipeline employees
DENVER, Colorado – Workforce Centers in Western Colorado will be providing assistance to U.S. Central Pipeline workers who are currently out of work after a disagreement over a contract for pipeline work.
“We know that it is a shock to the workers affected by this turn of events,” said Workforce Center director Rosemary Pettus, in a news release. “Staff at our Workforce Centers can help them address all of the problems associated with that job loss. We can provide workers with important information to help them get back on their feet with a plan of action.”
Workforce Center staff can help workers file for unemployment benefits or file a wage claim for payment of wages due them. The Workforce Center can also provide job search assistance to the workers.
U.S. Central Pipeline (USCP) was the contractor in a 14 mile pipeline expansion project. USCP informed around 150 of its workers on Oct. 17 that they could not pay them because of a monetary dispute with the project owner Energy Transfer Corporation (ETC).
USCP says it’s suing ETC to recover around $2.5 million the company owes it, but ETC says it has already paid amounts exceeding the contract for pipeline work and it’s USCP’s responsibility to pay its workers. ETC filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging the USCP breached its contract by abandoning the job, and the property owner of a construction yard USCP worked with was costing ETC $10,000 per day by refusing to let ETC get its equipment back.
Contact 625-5627 for more information. A full listing of all Colorado Workforce Centers is available online at http://www.coworkforce.com/emp/wfcs.asp.
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