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ETA News Release: [07/06/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or (202) 579-7338
Release Number: 10-0946-NAT

Top US Department of Labor officials to travel to Gulf Coast to meet with affected workers

WASHINGTON - At the direction of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, July 7 through 9, three U.S. Department of Labor agency heads will travel to Gulf states impacted by the BP Deepwater spill. The delegation will include Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates, Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Nancy J. Leppink and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Patricia A. Shiu. During their visit, the federal labor officials will meet with local fishermen, community-based organizations, and state and local appointed and elected officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Secretary Solis visited the Gulf region in early June and promised to leverage her department's resources to help communities impacted by the oil spill. For information on the Labor Department's recent efforts in the Gulf, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/gulf.htm.

All the events listed below are OPEN PRESS. All times are CDT.

Wednesday, July 7

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Meeting with Mayor Landrieu
Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center
1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, La.

9 - 10 a.m.

Meeting with local parish presidents
Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Meeting with labor and health commissioners
Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center

11 a.m. - noon

Meeting with fishermen from Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities
Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Meeting with area community-based organizations
Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center

4 - 5 p.m.

Meeting with fishermen from African-American community
Zion Traveler's Cooperative Center
120 Thomas Lane, Phoenix, La.

Thursday, July 8

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Meeting with fishermen, shrimpers and crabbers from African-American,
Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities
Biloxi City's public dock
586 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, Miss.

10 - 11 a.m.

Meeting with state appointed and elected officials
Biloxi WIN Job Center
2306 Pass Road, Biloxi, Miss.

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Meeting with local community-based organizations
Biloxi WIN Job Center

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Oil Spill Resources and Claims Fair (with local nonprofits, businesses and community members affected by the oil spill)
Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Conference Hall D
2305 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.

2 - 3 p.m.

Meeting with state appointed and elected officials
Coastal Response Center
7385 Hwy 188, Coden, Ala.

3 - 4 p.m.

Meeting with fishermen from Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities
Coastal Response Center

4 - 5 p.m.

Meeting with local community based organizations
Coastal Response Center

Friday, July 9

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Meeting with state appointed and elected officials
Workforce Escarosa Inc.
3670-A North L St., Pensacola, Fla.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Meeting with local community-based organizations
Workforce Escarosa Inc.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Meeting with representatives from the hospitality industry
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber
117W Garden St., Pensacola, Fla.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Meeting with fishermen from Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities
Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
117W Garden St., Pensacola, Fla.

In total, senior administration officials have visited the region 62 times since BP's oil rig exploded on April 20 - including trips by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, National Incident Cmdr. Adm. Thad Allen, Labor Secretary Solis, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills.