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Tulsa’s Vision2 Ballot Question Surrounded by Uncertainty

Wayne Thomas, power plant maintenance director at American Airlines' Tulsa base, says many of the hangers at the facility are outdated and in need of upgrades, or work will have to go elsewhere.

The Vision2 proposal is up for a vote Tuesday in Tulsa County. It’s a $750 million sales tax extension that would spread millions to the county and its communities for quality of life improvements of their choosing. But the largest portion of Vision2 spending is earmarked for economic development, and most of that money will be [...]

Uncertainty Over American Airlines Layoffs is Taxing Tulsa Families

American Airlines

While the total number of layoffs targeted for the bankrupt airline‘s Tulsa maintenance has declined from thousands to hundreds, months of employment anxiety is taking a toll on workers and their families. American originally planned to cut about 2,700 jobs at the Tulsa base. That number was whittled down to 1,300, “and with early retirements [...]

Aubrey McClendon on “Mad Money”: Chesapeake’s a Target for Short Sellers

Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon sat down with Mad Money‘s Jim Cramer and talked about the company’s future and its recent controversy. It was McClendon’s first televised interview since questions concerning the intertwined finances of the Oklahoma’s City company and its CEO surfaced earlier this year. In the interview, “McClendon blamed much of the negative [...]

State Question 759: Does Oklahoma Still Need Affirmative Action?

State Sen. Rob Johnson (R-Kingfisher) was one of the authors of the resolution that led to State Question 759.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an affirmative action case that deals with the ability of the University of Texas to consider race when admitting students. Oklahoma is in an affirmative action battle of its own, but this one will be decided by voters when they weigh in on State Question [...]

Vision2 Will Help Make Tulsa Base ‘Irreplaceable,’ But Won’t Affect Layoffs

American Airlines

On November 6, Tulsa County voters will weigh-in on Vision2, a $748.8 million package of upgrades to spur economic development and improve quality of life. About $212 million is earmarked for upgrades and renovations benefitting American Airlines, the bankrupt airline that employs about 7,000 at a maintenance base in Tulsa. Public officials, the Tulsa Metro [...]

Devon Energy Moving Hundreds of Houston Workers to OKC

Devon Energy is shuttering its Houston operations center and moving hundreds of workers to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City company currently has about 500 workers at the Houseton office, The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports: Most of the Houston administrative and support positions will be eliminated, but the engineers, geologists, geophysicists and other technical positions will [...]

American Airlines Will Lay Off 370 Workers at Tulsa Maintenance Base

American Airlines Ongoing Labor Dispute Causes Delays And Cancellations For The Carrier

Three hundred mechanics and about 70 fleet service workers at the bankrupt airline’s Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February. The carrier and the Transport Workers Union announced the numbers on Friday. Layoff notices to fleet service workers are being mailed this week and to mechanics in November, the Tulsa World‘s D.R. Stewart [...]

Why Oklahoma Has More Jobs Than Qualified Workers

There aren’t enough qualified Oklahomans to keep up with the growth in jobs related to the aerospace, energy, and information technology industries. At a committee meeting Thursday, lawmakers, education officials and agency officials discussed ways to fix the skills gap, which is expected to worsen. The biggest growth area in Oklahoma is in jobs that [...]

Oklahoma’s Workforce in One Chart

Oklahoma's Employed Workforce

Last week we showed you the composition of Oklahoma’s economy by industry contributions to state domestic product. Here’s what Oklahoma’s economy looks like when you break it down by non-farm employment in major industry sectors.

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