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11/19/14 Update: We (pictured Left to right:  Drew Halunen, Shawn Patterson, Congressman Tom Cole, Lance Hamann, and Randy Erwin) met with Congressman Tom Cole (OK) today.  Congressman Cole stated that he is hopeful language will be inserted within the Omnibus to disallow the defunding of the Treasure Lake Civilian Conservation Corps Center.  The language in the Omnibus should be made public on or about December 7, 2014. Congressman Cole has been talking to Senator Inhofe (OK) and if Congressman Cole can get the language though the House, Inhofe is hopeful it will make its way through the Senate. We are hopeful that Congressman Cole and Senator Inhofe will be successful. We are pursuing other avenues through President Dougan as well to stop the closure. In addition to those pictured, working hard for us in D.C. has been Chris Bush, Beverly Tobin Ford, George Christensen, and Leon Christakos.

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The Department of Labor released language in the Federal Register on 08/27/14 to begin the process of closing the Treasure Lake Civilian Conservation Job Corps Center located in Indiahoma, OK.  The Treasure Lake Center provides disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16 - 24 an opportunity to obtain their high school diploma and gain occupational skills in a number of vocational trades.  The Center needs appropriate guidance and funding in order to be successful and unfortunately both the Department of Labor and the National Office of Job Corps, Forest Service has not given either means of successful and/or intense support.  We are asking all concerned individuals, businesses, clubs, or organizations to help in getting the word to the Department of Labor that we cannot afford to allow the Treasure Lake Center to close.

It isn't that the Center has not been successful at finding students work after they depart from Center, Treasure Lake was #1 out of approximately 125 Job Corps Center at 12 month job placement this last Program Year!!!  We are able to complete our "end result" of getting our student's jobs, we just need assistance in ensuring we are getting credit for all the other things that the staff and students are doing at the Center. 

The Chief's Desk: People, Places and Things - September 19, 2014 doesn't even mention the closure of the Treasure Lake Center but does mention the celebration help by top officials this past week in Washington, D.C. celebrating the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center's 50th year anniversary.  We are very proud of our heritage and longevity; however, we cannot see celebrating for a program when a Center is in such need of assistance. 

Unfortunately, the Treasure Lake Center's closure will not only impact the Indiahoma community, but will impact many of its surrounding communities.  The already economically depressed communities cannot rely on the $5 million plus that is expended Center via its employees, students, and the local vendors from which it purchases goods and services.

Please circulate this petition and return it to:  NFFE Local #1840, P.O. Box 588, Puxico, MO  63960.

Also, we have sample letters to both the Federal Register and Congressional people for you to use to allow your voice to be heard.  You also have the right to contact your congressional representatives at the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Treasure Lake Success Story!!!

 

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This is the link to the Federal Register where is specifically speaks about the Methodology for Selecting Job Corps Centers for Closure so please make yourself familiar with what the Department of Labor's proposal is close Centers.

We have attached the NFFE-FSC Response to the comments on Job Corps Center closures to the Federal Register/Department of Labor.

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Please take time to look at the "Job Corps closes the door on new recruits" that was in the Washington Post on 02/16/13:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/job-corps-closes-the-door-on-new-recruits/2013/02/16/9ff4e118-712b-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html

 

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House Passes Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Including Painful Cuts to Federal Pay, Benefits, and Jobs
Less than 24 hours after Congress cleared a continuing resolution to fund the government through the remainder of 2013, the House of Representatives succeeded in passing a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014. The budget resolution, introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) last week, made an uncharacteristically short trip through the House despite its inclusion of several extreme measures. The resolution calls for $132 billion in savings from increasing the amount federal workers pay toward their pensions and “aligning federal pay with the private sector” which, by Ryan’s understanding, means big cuts. It would also reduce the current workforce by ten percent through attrition, costing 200,000 jobs by 2015.
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Wednesday evening, the Senate passed its version of the continuing resolution, a funding measure poised to keep the government open through the close of the fiscal year in September. Though a government shutdown appears to have been averted, the bill’s passage virtually guarantees that federal pay will remain frozen through 2013. It also maintains sequestration furloughs with a few small exceptions for food safety inspectors. If the House passes the bill and the President signs it, the immediate impact will simply be the status quo – flat paychecks and furloughs just around the corner.
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