We wanted to reach out to all of you as quickly as possible to provide you with some general information and outline of the response process for the recent notice regarding the Wisconsin Rapids mill. Whenever a potential dislocation is announced there is a process put into place to respond to the situation. Although each dislocation is different in size and scope, the process is relatively similar.
Our first step is to connect with company and union officials to gather more information about the dislocation such as number and types of affected workers. We have already had contact with both parties and are scheduled to meet next week. We discuss the overall situation and options for providing information on resources as quickly as possible to the affected workers. We know the time will go by very quickly. Information provided covers the WIOA Dislocated Worker program, Unemployment Insurance and various services that may be available to assist you during this time of transition. Once these sessions are scheduled they will be your “starting point” for learning more and accessing any specific dislocated worker services.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Job Center physical locations remain closed at this time. We do not yet know when centers will be open to the public. However you can access various services through the JCW (Job Center of Wisconsin) at https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com . Once you register on the website you may then look for jobs, develop and post a resume and check out further resources. Once centers re-open the closet comprehensive job center is located in Wisconsin Rapids at 320 W Grand Ave Ste102 (715-422-5000).
We are currently operating under a remote and virtual environment. However, we are also looking at options to provide in-person activities in a safe environment for those who would prefer this form of delivery. Therefore, we will be working closely with your employer and unions to communicate information to you both electronically and manually over the upcoming weeks. Information will include details on services and how to connect with various resources. We are also part of an established Community Response Team (CRT) which works behind the scenes with local, state and federal officials as well as community leaders to respond and to provide resources and services to assist you during this difficult and stressful time.
Between now and further communications, we recommend the following:
• Be cautious about voluntarily severing your employment with your employer prior to your scheduled release date – you may jeopardize various program benefits including Unemployment Insurance;
• Keep up-to-date on information you receive from the company and union; and
• Watch for information on the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program services.
Funding for this flyer is made possible through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) dollars administered by the NCWWDB. Discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in a WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, is prohibited. Veterans receive a priority of service. WIOA Dislocated Worker is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need to access services, request a reasonable accommodation or need materials in an alternative format please call 715-389-7023 (Voice) / 711 (Hearing impaired) 10 days in advance of your scheduled appointment.
WIOA DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAM