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  • One-Stop assists copper mine employees

    Dec 11, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s One-Stop Career Center is assisting approximately 1,000 employees who have lost their jobs due to the full curtailment of operations at Freeport-McMoRan’s Sierrita mine and mill in Green Valley.

    Freeport mineThe January 2016 closure will affect approximately 450 employees in addition to a previously announced workforce reduction of about 580. 
    One-Stop workforce specialists have been working with employees for the last two months, offering workshops on resume writing and skills assessments, said Nils Urman, head of the One-Stop’s business services team. 

    One-Stop has been conducting orientation sessions for 50-60 employees at a time, featuring employment partners who can answer questions about issues like unemployment insurance.

    Employees who live in the Tucson area can access One-Stop Employment Centers, but county officials  have been using Sahuarita’s Town Hall for activities as well. These include intake and assessment, basic computer skills, employability skills (career exploration, resume development, etc.), remedial education and career planning.  

    One-Stop employment specialists also will offer job search assistance to spouses and anyone else at the Sahuarita Town Hall.

    In October Freeport announced plans to curtail Sierrita production by 50 percent, with the hope that molybdenum and copper prices would recover. They remain depressed, though, and demand for these commodities has stayed weak.

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