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Former Halliburton Employees Meet at Duncan Tech Center

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DUNCAN Okla_ More than 100 Duncan Halliburton employees lost their jobs to layoffs this week. Many of them continue to work harder than ever looking for new ones.

Today, former Halliburton employees gathered inside a classroom at Duncan's Red River Technology Center, gathering information provided by Workforce Oklahoma. There, they learned what benefits they were entitled to, how to apply for unemployment, and what they could do to get back to work as quickly as possible.

When it comes to layoffs, getting back to work as soon as possible can mean the difference of keeping or losing one's car, home, and income. That's why Workforce Oklahoma's Rapid Response Team jumped into action just one day after they found so many looking for work.

Just last week, Steve Pollock was here working as a machinist at Halliburton. Today, like everyone else in this classroom, he's looking for a job.

"There's also a place north of town I'm going to check," Pollock said. "I've already done one interview this morning at Hydro-Rig out east of town."

While Halliburton layoffs are not all that uncommon along with re-employment, former employees said it's still not comforting amidst a wavering economy.

"People have haven't gone back years later," former Halliburton employee Halston Mills said. "It just depends when they get hired back. I quit in ‘79 or ‘81, got laid off in ‘09 and got laid off again."

Thousands of Halliburton employees look at working with this organization as more than just a source of income. It is also a way of life.

"It's supported this town for all my life," Pollock said. "It supported me all my life. My dad worked here for 36 years, so it's been here for a long time."

Workforce Duncan employee Chris Moore understands what those out of work are up against. He said that's why placing them in new jobs is so important.

"It's a big shock to your system," Moore said. "A lot of people invest who they are into their job. "We give them some other options and let them know there is hope."

That's exactly what Pollock said he and so many others are looking for.

"I need some help," Pollock said "I mean, you go from making money to no money. It kind of hurts. You still got bills, you know?"

Most of the people in the meeting seemed to be in good spirits, saying this is something they've grown to expect and will soon pass. In fact, Workforce Oklahoma received a call from a Chickasha business that said they were looking for workers and asked that these former Halliburton employees apply.

If you would like more information about Workforce Oklahoma and how they can help you, call the Duncan branch at 580-255-8950.



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