We spent a great deal of time the last few days dealing with the aftermath of Governor Kasich’s budget announcement. The unfortunate outcome of some of the cuts he announced has been the potential loss of hundreds of state jobs.
As many of you know, CALMC coordinates the worker adjustment program for displaced state employees. In the next couple of weeks we will meet with several agencies to discuss how we can best provide services to their employees.
Worker adjustment committees are available to private and public sector employers and employees. These labor-management teams work together to plan activities, training, and seminars to provide vital information to those impacted.
We encourage worker adjustment committees because they provide a positive impact on the workers, their families, and the facility. When a worker is laid off, the impact affects their families. Committees work to include them in the activities they plan, such as financial sessions or job fairs.
Most displaced employees are unaware of the services available to help them. The committee can provide coordination of these services and provide information. Through their work, the committees assist in maintaining the effective operation of the facility. The availability of reliable information and knowledge of available assistance also has a positive impact on morale.
Committees focus their efforts on six basic areas:
• Financial – Help with decisions about budgets, insurance, and mortgages.
• Education – Descriptions of available benefits to receive additional training.
• Social/ Family/ Emotional – Helping families deal with the impact of the layoff and offering assistance to employees through Employee Assistance Programs and other resources.
• Jobs – Most people are unaware of how to seek and apply for jobs today. The process has significantly changed in just the last few years. Committees may schedule resume, interviewing, or other workshops. Many committees have scheduled job fairs or provided other placement information.
• Transition – Committees may elect to set up a transition center or site or use the resources of the One-Stop in their communities. These centers provide computers for resume development, job postings, phones, and other resources.
• Communication – Providing reliable information to help quell the spread of rumors and misinformation.
Committees provide for an effective use of the resources available to help displaced workers, as they are able to plan activities that meet the needs of the workforce. Most committees begin their work by conducting an employee survey to assess these needs.
Worker adjustment committees benefit employees, their families, and employers. They are the right thing to do, and can be provided to employers at little or no cost through Workforce Investment Act funding.
For more information about worker adjustment committees, contact CALMC. Additional information about the worker adjustment process for state government can be found at http://corwac.org