Media and Press Releases

Applebee’s Closure

The San Luis Obispo County Rapid Response Team will be hosting an informational session Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for the workers being affected by the Applebee’s closures. This session will be held at America’s Job Center of Californiasm (AJCC) at 880 Industrial Way, San Luis Obispo. For more information contact Chris Rafter at (805) 903-1422. AJCC staff have been on site to both Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo closure sites to make contact and attempts to reach corporate have not been successful. AJCC staff have confirmed the SLO closure affected 29 full-time and part-time employees. At this time, we have been unable to verify how many workers were affected by the Paso Robles site closure. The manager on site at the SLO location reported to AJCC staff that employees were given notice of the closure last week and offered positions at alternate locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Salinas.

Paris Precision Closure

San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) dated March 21, 2016 announcing the reduction of staffing by 130 workers at Paris Precision in Paso Robles, CA. On-site human resource staff confirmed this is a complete facility closure resulting in the reduction of the company’s entire workforce at the location. All 130 employees will be terminated effective May 22, 2016.

The WARN stated that the Company (Paris Precision, LLC) “will be streamlining its business…” and the Facility (1650 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446) will be “…ceasing operations that are no longer profitable for the Company.” This notice was received pursuant to the federal WARN Act of 1988 and the California WARN Act requiring employers to give official notice to affected employees , the state dislocated workers unit, the local workforce development board, and the chief elected official of the local, city and county government.

GreenSmart Job Fair

San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development and GreenSmart Training Services will be hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, March 24 at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande. The event will start at 2:30 and end at 6:30pm.

The event is free to the public. Twenty plus local employers from a variety of industries will be present. There will be hiring for entry-level and above positions. There are full and part-time openings that will be available at the job fair according to Danielle Christensen, Program Manager for GreenSmart Training Services.

Board Members Needed

The San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board (The Board) is seeking to fill two business seats and one economic development seat (or a Chamber of Commerce Economic Developer). The Board is federally mandated and responsible for providing oversight and developing strategic policy for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in SLO County. The Board, defined by WIOA, includes public and private sector representatives from local businesses, education, labor, government, and community-based organizations. Board members are appointed by the SLO County Board of Supervisors and in its capacity act as an advisory body to the SLO County Board of Supervisors.

Haggen Grocery Closure

Two Career Fairs are being held in response to the Haggen closures and assist the more than 400 local workers set to be laid off due to the Haggen store closures. Haggen employees will gain exclusive access to the employers at the Career Fairs for one hour before the event is open to the public.

California Drought Survey

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of San Luis Obispo County is gathering information on local drought-related job impacts. The California State’s Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), as part of the Governor’s Drought Relief Task Force, will be conducting an ongoing online survey to identify the drought’s impact on local and regional economies throughout the state.

This survey will provide essential “real-time” drought-related information as the LWDA works to identify the drought’s impact on industries, employers, and workers. Additionally, the information will impact decisions regarding the distribution of State and Federal resources to affected areas, emergency drought-related funding, and supporting local service delivery to businesses and workers.