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A plan to help put unemployed forest workers in Oregon back to work isn't accomplishing its goal.  Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley says only about half of the forest service projects through Recovery Act funding in Central Oregon are going to Oregonians.  Instead they're going to foreign workers here on work visas.

 

Merkley and Don Pollard of GFP Enterprises in Sisters spoke at a press conference.  “We have 5000 workers who want to want jobs to work in the forests, but they hired foreign workers instead on H2B programs.  This is outrageous and unacceptable.  We must change that. What we're finding we lost out to H2B companies who outbid us by 30% to 40%.  When we bid we're just trying to find work for out employees, not trying to make a lot of money.”  Merkley in the Senate and Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio in the House are introducing legislation to prevent this practice in the future by giving government more oversight in who gets the contracts.

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Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.