Tulsa Labor Department office to close by summer after budget cuts

TULSA - The Oklahoma Department of Labor announced Tuesday it will shut down its Tulsa office effective this summer.

A dozen employees were told they will have to take a buyout or transfer to the Oklahoma City office.

Commissioner Mark Costello broke the bad news to workers Tuesday morning.

The closure of the office will affect the wages an hour disputes claims, asbestos and OSHA inspections and workers compensation enforcement.

Costello says only an average of seven people actually visit the Tulsa office weekly. Services that used to be performed at the office will soon be available online.

The closure is part of an overall plan to use limited funds more efficiently.

Costello says the federal government cut millions of dollars from their budget for the next fiscal year.

 

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