By Wayne Allen
The first of two PORTS D&D Project OhioMeansJobs Transition Centers will be opening on Monday, Aug. 25, for Fluor-B&W Portsmouth Employees. The center will be housed in the OSU Endeavor Center and is open to Fluor-B&W employees and spouses.
According to a memo to employees from Bess Evans, acting human resources director for Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, “the center is staffed by job-search professionals who are there to assist with the transition and provide resources like computer workstations, printers, a national job database and much more.”
Evans states in the memo the Transition Team which includes employees from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Workforce Investment Act Employees will hold informational meetings with those interested on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 28, in Room 160 of the Endeavor Center.
Sessions are an hour long starting at 7:15 a.m., 4:45 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.
“Employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in one of these orientation session to see what services might be beneficial for their individual circumstances. Additional sessions are also being planned with dates and times to be announced,” Evans stated in the employee memo.
Jeff Wagner, public affairs senior manager with Fluor-B&W Portsmouth said, “last week they held two information meetings, just to let employees know kid of services could be available through the state if there are involuntary separations.”
Wagner said Dennis Carr, site project director with Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, has communicated to workers they would want nothing better than to get the funding issue addressed.
“In the mean time and to make sure we’re looking out for them (employees), we’re going to continue to work with the state and get any kind of assistance that that is available, should their be layoffs,” Wagner said.
Wagner said the transition center will have hours between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering various services and a number of resources and expertise they will be able to offer workers and spouses.
When asked for an update on the lobbying efforts to restore the necessary funding to Fluor-B&W Portsmouth to keep their workforce at current levels, Wagner said there is no new news, but that efforts are ongoing.
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